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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:...

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...

Go For Broke – THE MAEHARA AND GIMA CONNECTION

Maui Families Reunited after 75 Years Byrnes Yamashita Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On a recent afternoon in Honolulu, two families with roots on Maui came together to reminisce about their shared connection with a Nisei soldier...
Leonard Oka, founder of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. (Photo courtesy of Leonard Oka)

Honoring Our Legacy – Leonard Oka

Creating the Maui Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Melvin Inamasu and Violet Harada Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Persistence and grit are essential attributes of leadership. Leonard Oka possesses both in spades. It took Oka over three decades to realize his vision of a center on Maui to honor Nisei veterans. In the....
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....

Cover Story – 80 YEARS OF 100TH

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The 80th Anniversary Committee of the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans organization compiled a list of known survivors here and on the mainland who served in the World War...
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....

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...

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...
The MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual shinnen enkai luncheon on Jan. 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. Highlights included a keynote speech by Nisei Veterans Legacy president Lynn Heirakuji (front) and the installation of the 2020 officers. The officers installed were (left to right) Keith Matsumoto, director; Karen Kikukawa, secretary; Sherman Takao, treasurer; Larry Enomoto, past president and director; Shinye Gima, president; Glen Arakaki, director; and Herbert Matsumoto, director.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans of Hawaii Installs its 2020 Officers

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