Dr. George Tanabe reflects at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. The memorial was built and dedicated a year after the tragic collision at sea between the Ehime Maru and the USS Greeneville. (Photo by Mel Inamasu) Inset: George Tanabe Jr. with then-Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda after being presented his imperial decoration in 2014. (Courtesy UH-Mänoa)

Honoring the Legacy – George Tanabe Jr.

The Pivotal Role the UH Professor Played in the Recovery of the Ehime Maru Melvin Inamasu and Violet Harada Courtesy Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i George Joji Tanabe Jr. likens himself to a salmon that traveled from a river to the open ocean and then returned home to spawn. Tanabe grew up in Waialua on....
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Community Focus – Hawaii State Library Streaming “Proof of Loyalty” for Free

The Hawai‘i State Public Library recently began offering the streaming service Kanopy at https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ and will continue to offer it for free through April 30. The offerings include 10 films by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers of Stourwater Pictures, producers of the hour-long documentary, “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawai‘i,”....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the....
The MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual shinnen enkai luncheon on Jan. 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. Highlights included a keynote speech by Nisei Veterans Legacy president Lynn Heirakuji (front) and the installation of the 2020 officers. The officers installed were (left to right) Keith Matsumoto, director; Karen Kikukawa, secretary; Sherman Takao, treasurer; Larry Enomoto, past president and director; Shinye Gima, president; Glen Arakaki, director; and Herbert Matsumoto, director.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans of Hawaii Installs its 2020 Officers

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Political History – The Gift of Author-Historian Tom Coffman

Pre-World War II AJA History Helped Coffman Understand Contemporary Hawai‘i Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Acclaimed Hawai‘i author and historian Tom Coffman realized what would become the signature theme for his writing in a surprisingly successful meeting more than thirty years ago in the koa-paneled office of Hawai‘i’s governor. The meeting was odd....
Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum speaking of the Nisei veterans: “They all raised their hands at a time when their family members were being interned, property confiscated and their loyalty questioned. These soldiers ensured that, at any cost, they would not bring shame to their family and their communities and their country.” (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

Nisei Veterans – “.. They All Raised Their Hands”

Joint Memorial Service Speaker Honors Nisei Veterans Maj. Gen. Suzanne P. Vares-Lum Published with Permission Aloha mai käkou . . . Governor and Mrs. [David] Ige, Governor and Mrs. [George] Ariyoshi, Senator [Brian] Schatz, Mayor and Mrs. [Kirk] Caldwell, retired General and Mrs. [David] Bramlett, Major General and Mrs. [Joe] Logan, retired Major General Bob....
Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa chats with visitors recently at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, where he is painting a mural highlighting the World War II AJA soldiers.

Art + History – Maui Mural Celebrates Nisei Soldier’s Story

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Telling Their Story Inside and Out Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Crisp, colorless images of young American soldiers of Japanese ancestry are coming to life on a concrete canvas on the windswept oceanfront campus of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. At the center, situated where the towns of Kahului and Wailuku meet,....
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Memorial Service for Veterans Mobilized to Vietnam and Iraq

WHO/WHAT: The Go For Broke Association will hold a Memorial Service in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1968-1969 mobilization to Vietnam and the 15th anniversary of the 2004-2005 mobilization to Iraq. WHEN/WHERE:...
From left: Shinye Gima (MIS), Yoshiko and 442nd RCT veteran Robert Kishinami, Flint Yonashiro (442nd RCT), Kenji Ego (442nd RCT), Roy Fujii (442nd RCT), Mitsuo Honda (442nd RCT), Richard Murashige (442nd RCT), former Gov. George Ariyoshi, (MIS), Masaharu Saito (100th Btn.), Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS), Jack Nakamura (100th Btn.), Kazuto Shimizu (100th Btn.), Robert Honke (MIS), Andrew Sato (MIS) and Masaru Nakakura (442nd RCT). Standing behind them are (from left): Pastor Calvin Takara, retired pastor of Kaimuki Christian Church; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Gov. David Ige, first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, JMS memorial speaker Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum, Rev. Kazunori Takahashi of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Joint Memorial Service emcee Brendan Burns and Nisei Veterans Legacy president Wesley Deguchi. Also pictured behind the group are scouts from Boy Scout Troop 100 and Cub Pack 442; JROTC cadets from Farrington, Kapolei, McKinley, Punahou and Roosevelt high schools, who assisted with the service and members of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment. (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

In Our Community – World War II AJA Veterans Joint Memorial Service

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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veteran Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and....

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