Writer Patsy Iwasaki’s children, Jairus and Kellie, feeding rabbits on Okunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island.

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Okunoshima: From Chemical Weapons Plant to Rabbit Sanctuary Between Kellie’s and Jairus’ trips on the prefectural exchange program, we had a chance to visit with the Araragis in Hiroshima during a short family trip to...
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One Family’s Gratitude to Project Dana

Editor’s note: This personal reflection was shared by an individual whose family was a beneficiary of the kindness, compassion and assistance of a Project Dana volunteer. The writer prefers to remain anonymous, but her...
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“Fighting Two War” Tribute to Nisei Soldiers

The important role American soldiers of Japanese ancestry played in immediately answering their nation’s call on Dec. 7, 1941 — and throughout World War II — will be saluted during the 75th anniversary commemoration...

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Sidebar – Judge Jim Burns Remembers A of Grit and Grace

Editor’s note: At an October 1997 March of Dimes fundraising dinner, Jim Burns, then chief judge of the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals, shared the inspiring story of his mother, Beatrice “Bea” Burns, with...
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Sidebar – Supporting “The Story of Immigration to America”

As Frank Moy sees it, being born in and growing up in a Chinese laundry is, in some ways, like living on a Hawai‘i plantation. “Labor-intensive, low pay, long hours, strict rules and hard work....

Discovering Magic In The Pa‘ia Darkness . . .

Lost in the darkness of his father’s movie theater, Victor Kobayashi’s childhood was filled with the flickering images of fearless samurai, wild cowboys and a bigger world beyond his small plantation town. Born in...
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Ushu Tamashiro (1902-1986)

When Barbara Kawakami and Dr. Alice Yun Chai set out to document the lives of the picture brides, they knew they were battling time. Most of the women were in their 80s. For some,...

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