The Education Center — “To Inform and Transform”

Cornerstone. Crowning piece. Heart and soul. For the better part of three decades, that is how many envisioned what is now the Education Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui. The Education Center opened...
Centenarian Dr. Seiya Ohata enjoying a cup of coffee at the Wendy’s in Kahului recently. (Photo by Colleen Uechi)

AJA Veteran – “A Life Lived Well”

Dr. Seiya Ohata Has Been a Good Son, a Good Doctor, a Good Veteran Colleen Uechi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As Seiichi Ohata and his family enjoyed Sunday morning breakfast at their home in the sugar plantation town of Pä‘ia, little did they know that Japanese planes had just decimated the U.S. Navy’s Pacific....
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 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....
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Social Security Honors Veterans

In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve in the Armed Forces and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. July is an appropriate month to recognize...

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...
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....
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,....
Photo of the 100th Battalion and Governor David Ige, and First Lady, Dawn Amano-Ige

Nisei Soldiers – “In Their Own Words” Treasures Sought

Susan Muroshige Omura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: During a recent conversation with Susan Muroshige Omura, a friend and fellow 100th Battalion “daughter,” she asked me about the possibility of submitting a short article appealing to the families of World War II AJA veterans, particularly 100th Battalion veterans, to share their husband’s or....

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