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....
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....
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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....
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Maui Joint Memorial Service Honoring 100th/442nd Nisei Soldiers

WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will hold its annual joint memorial service honoring 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team veterans, a tradition since 2003. The Rev. Kerry Kiyohara of Makawao Hongwanji...
Nisei veterans of the four World War II AJA units — the 100th Infantry Battaion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion — gathered for a group photo at the “Fighting Two Wars: Japanese American Veterans Tribute” at the Hawaii Convention Center. The luncheon banquet was one of the events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo by Terry Takaki)

Nisei Veterans’ Legacy – How Will We Remember Our Nisei Veterans?

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, outgoing MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii president George Arine asked me to be the speaker at the club’s New Year’s gathering at the Natsunoya Tea House. With an issue to send to press every other week, my initial thought was to politely decline. But as the days went by, giving....

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