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...

“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...

Retracing “Task Force Fukuda”

This past May, my wife Judy and I joined three other Hawai‘i couples — Ed and Jan Sakoda, Wayne and Carol Matsunaga, and Alvin and Ellie Shimogaki — on a journey to Italy to...

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...

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Entering 2014, only two people had served continuously on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center board of directors since its formation in 1991. Now there is one. At the directors’ annual meeting in March, Leonard Oka resigned...

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