Leonard Oka, founder of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. (Photo courtesy of Leonard Oka)

Honoring Our Legacy – Leonard Oka

Creating the Maui Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Melvin Inamasu and Violet Harada Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Persistence and grit are essential attributes of leadership. Leonard Oka possesses both in spades. It took Oka over three decades to realize his vision of a center on Maui to honor Nisei veterans. In the....
Shinye and Noboru at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Ryukyu Shimpo)

Lead Story – The Story of the Gima Brothers

They Strengthened Their Bond as Brothers After Serving Opposing Sides in the Battle of Okinawa By Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Do you sometimes think about how a simple twist of fate changed your life and the lives of others? As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War....
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,....
Scanned photo of drawings of veterans cleaning rifle

Veterans Day Tribute – Excerpts from “Biffontaine”

Susan Nunes Published with Permission Sketches by Ryo Shinoda Editor’s note: In observance of Veterans Day, we are pleased to share with you this excerpt from writer Susan Nunes’ short story, “Biffontaine.” It is part of her collection of short stories titled “Paradise Café: A Family Memoir in Stories.” Nunes is a Hilo native who....
Gov. David Ige with the recent French Legion of Honor medal recipients (from left): Dale Tateishi, representing his late father, Pvt. 1st Class Tetsuo Tateishi, whose portrait he is holding; Pvt. 1st Class Futao Terashima and Pvt. 1s Class Harold Afuso. (Photo by Gregg Kakesako)

AJA Veterans – “France Will Never Forget You …”

Four World War II Nisei Veterans Awarded French Legion of Honor Medal Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s been nearly three-quarters of a century since the Nisei soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were engaged in one of the most vicious battles of World War II....
Lester Higa during his 1987 interview with the Herald. “In another generation, Vietnam will only be a memory of the grandparents, not a reality of the second and third generation that left.”

Vietnam Veterans – Forgotten … and Now Remembered

Forgotten ... and Now Remembered Karleen Chinen Originally published March 6, 1987 A woman lovingly arranges a bunch of fresh-cut flowers and leans them against the stark black and white wall. She brings her right hand up to her lips and tenderly kisses her fingertips as her eyes remain fixed on a name etched on....
The Okinawa delegation gathered for a group photo after the Irei Sai service at Jikoen Hongwanji.

Irei Sai – For the 12 Who Never Came Home

Memorial Service Brings Some Measure of Closure for Two Former POWs Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century, 12 Okinawan prisoners of war who were captured during the bloody Battle of Okinawa in World War II and who died while imprisoned in Hawai‘i were....
Photo of Consul General Misawa offers a prayer in memory of the World War II Nisei soldiers at last September’s Joint Memorial Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. (Photos courtesy Ann Kabasawa)

Lead Story – Conversations with my Father

Hawai‘i’s Consul General of Japan Shares Memories of His Father with MIS Veterans Yasushi Misawa Published with Permission Editor’s note: Since his posting in Hawai‘i in mid-2015 as Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Yasushi Misawa has delivered dozens of greetings and remarks, even kampai toasts, and been involved in countless ceremonial presentations around town.....
Photo of Gov. David Ige, speaking at "The Japanese American Veterans Tribute"

Fighting Two Wars – Gov. David Ige: “Am I Adding To Your Legacy?”

Gov. David Y. Ige Governor of Hawai‘i (2015 to present) Aloha . . . It truly is an honor and a privilege for me to be here today as governor of the state of Hawai‘i. My grandparents, the Issei, immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan and Okinawa more than a hundred years ago in search of....

The “Shadow Warriors”

Retired MG Arthur Ishimoto Published with Permission Editor’s note: The following remarks were delivered by MIS veteran and retired MG Arthur Ishimoto at the luncheon banquet of the Military Intelligence Service Veterans National Reunion on March...

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