FASTER BENEFIT DECISIONS FOR VETERANS

On Memorial Day, we paid tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. So, it’s a fitting time to share some news about Social Security disability benefits for...
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.....
Front row:  Ted Tsukiyama (MIS); Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani (MIS); Wesley Deguchi, NVL president; Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Gov. David Ige; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; Kenji Ego (442nd RCT); and Dr. Shinye Gima (MIS). Second row: Kazuto Shimizu (100th Infantry Battalion); Robert Kishinami (442nd RCT), Shigeo Inouye (442nd RCT); Glen Arakaki (MIS); Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS); Richard Murashige (442nd RCT); Roy Fujii (442nd RCT); Ralph Tomei (442ndRCT) and Harold Ueoka (442nd RCT). Pictured behind the veterans and members of veterans service organizations, are JROTC cadets from Punahou, Roosevelt and Kapolei high schools and UH Air Force ROTC cadets who assisted with the service. (Photo by Terry Takaki)

AJA Veterans – “All the People, All the Time …”

Tom Coffman Published with Permission Editor’s note: Historian, author and documentary filmmaker Tom Coffman was the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Joint Memorial Service, organized by the Nisei Veterans Legacy. The service was held Sept. 30 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and was attended by approximately 15 World War....

“Thank You,” Eric Shinseki

Editor’s note: The resignation in late May of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki left many in Hawai‘i with uneasy feelings. Like Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka, the first American astronaut of Japanese...
Photo of Gov. George Ariyoshi, speaking at the "Japanese American Veterans Tribute"

Fighting Two Wars – Gov. George Ariyoshi: Child’s Selflessness Forecast Japan’s Recovery

Gov. George R. Ariyoshi Governor of Hawai‘i, 1974 to 1986 Aloha everyone . . . Before I say very much, I want to express my appreciation to all of the veterans who served and made it possible for a younger person like me to be able to move after you, and I thank you very....

Farewell to “A Very Special Soldier”

Dick Shigemi Hamada of Honolulu died May 27. He was 92 years old. Hamada was born in Kukuihaele on Hawai‘i island and was a retired planner and estimator supervisor at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard...
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....
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....
Photo of Adm. Harry B. Harris praising the "Nisei Trailblazers"

Fighting Two Wars – Adm. Harry B. Harris JR. : Nisei Warriors “All Heroes...

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Editor’s note: One of the events of last month’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan was a grand tribute to the Nisei soldiers who stepped forward to serve their country in the dark days following the Dec. 7, 1941,....

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