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....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the....
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Community Focus – GFBNEC, Essay and Poetry Contest

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Go For Broke National Education Center presents its 2020 High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest. In addition to cash prizes, four winners (grand prize entry from each category: essay and poetry high school division and essay and poetry college division)....
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....
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....

“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...
Wedding picture of Nicholas and Hazel Iosue. (Photos Courtesy of the Iosue Family)

AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

Italian American Nicholas Iosue Mistaken for AJA Leads to Lifelong Friendships Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Former President Trump’s rants against the “Kung Flu” or “Chinese Flu” contributed to a rash of anti-Asian hate crimes...

Cover Story – A TALE OF TWO BEST FRIENDS

Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald What is Memorial Day and why do we commemorate it? Many people think of it as a long weekend that marks the start of...
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....

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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