NISEI VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER // SPRING NEWSLETTER 2017
OKAGE SAMA DE
BECAUSE OF YOU I AM...
NVMC Philanthropy Award-winner Wes Lo, House Mart Courage Awardwinners Shauna and Joshua Dukes and Miyake Concrete Leadership Awardwinner Dean Yamashita. Photo: Melanie Agrabante
FIND THE HERO IN YOURSELF
Dinner, “Find the Hero in Yourself,” sold out on Nov.
4, 2016, at the King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse. Guests enjoyed the inspirational keynote address given by Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., U.S. Pacific Command, who thanked the Nisei veterans for
and acknowledged those in the audience. Distinguished veterans included Kaoru Muraoka, Hiroshi Arisumi and Kazu Hamasaki.
Admiral Harris went on to share his
and Faith Ito. NVMC also extends a
own story of being born in Japan to an
warm mahalo to all the volunteers.
American father and Japanese mother.
We couldn’t do it without you.
Moving to Tennessee at the age of 2
The evening culminated with the
was an experience of cultural clashes,
inaugural Hero Awards supported
especially when it came to eating his
by Miyake Concrete and HouseMart.
bento lunch prepared by his mother.
These awards were created to
He said it was his mother who taught
recognize and honor the “Hero in
him the meaning of “giri” (obligation)
Yourself.” Both the Leadership Award
and “on” (gratitude), and he shared
recipient and the Courage Award
that being raised with a bicultural
recipient received $1,000. Meet each
mindset had a profound effect on
of the award winners:
his life. As always, the dinner’s silent auction was a great success, and the NVMC thanks its volunteers from the Hawai‘i Gamma Chapter Alpha Delta Kappa and the team from the University of Hawai‘i-Maui Key Club for ensuring a fruitful outcome. The beautiful persimmons, which graced the tables, were donated by Donald
Miyake Concrete Leadership Award Dean Yamashita was the starting second baseman on the last State Championship team from Maui High School and went on to play for Division 1 baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton on scholarship. Upon returning to Maui after college, he became “Coach Dean.” After over two
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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR There is a phrase in Japanese, “ichi-go ichi-e,” which loosely translates to “each moment comes but once.” Life consists of these unique, foundational moments and, for me, they began when I was in the seventh grade when I The Okage Sama De newsletter is a free publication issued by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. Articles, questions and comments may be sent to Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, P.O. Box 216, Kahului, HI 96733-6716. We encourage family and friends to submit information and photos to our “Lest We Forget” column.
THE NVMC MISSION The NVMC ignites human potential by inspiring people to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei veterans.
THE NVMC VISION
moved with my mother and brother from Altoona, Pennsylvania, to a small fishing village in Shikoku, Japan. When we arrived, we didn’t speak Japanese and had no belongings except what we could put in a few suitcases, but for the next several years we were welcomed into the arms of our Japanese neighbors. My brother and I attended Japanese public schools. Through the course of the school day — whether it was class time, lunchtime (where the students would take turns serving one another), or mandatory cleaning of the school at the end of the day — we were taught the values of endurance, respect, humility, duty, honor, responsibility and gratitude. In home economics, I learned the true meaning of teamwork. A class assignment was to sew a skirt. Mine was a disaster. But the evening before our skirts were due, a group of girls from school came to our home to resew my skirt by hand. Thanks to my classmates, I received a good grade the next day. I am thankful to the teachers and students of Tachibana Junior High
We envision a community where all people act selflessly for the greater good.
School and all those we met in Japan for opening their arms, hearts and
THE NVMC VALUES
living in Japan, yet whether we understood each other’s customs or not,
Being selfless for the greater good. Leading by example. Living in gratitude. Inspiring courage in adversity. Doing the right thing, always.
we always respected one another.
culture to my family. There was a lot of learning during those early years
Who could have known that 37 years later, I would have the privilege of working for an organization whose mission is to honor and perpetuate many of those same values and traditions … values that stood as the foundation upon which Nisei Veterans, as young men, served our country.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Deidre Tegarden
They were the same values my family witnessed in daily life in Japan, and
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brian T. Moto, President Scott Sakakihara, Vice President Beryl Bal, Secretary Paul Mizoguchi, Treasurer
DIRECTORS David Fukuda Glenn Goya Hideo Kawahara Nelson Okumura Saedene Ota Yuki Lei Sugimura Rene Yamafuji Peter Galpin Grant Nakama Kyoko Kimura Hiroshi Arisumi, President Emeritus Leonard Oka, Director Emeritus
father Robert Nishida) sharing their stories and experiences during WWII.
STAFF: Melanie Agrabante, Reasearch Archivist & Photographer NISEI VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER 1 Go For Broke Place, Wailuku Hours: Noon to 4 P.M. Weekdays (808) 244-NVMC (6862) www.nvmc.org
they are the same values we at the NVMC feel responsible to share with the 2017 is an exciting year at the NVMC. We have a new Our Heroes Speaker Series that debuted in March with a panel of our Nisei veterans Masao Motooka, Harold Okumura and Arlene Puailihau (representing her Education center activities include a pop-up vignette titled Maui’s Voices (Spring) followed by our summer exhibit One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion Part I and II (June) commemorating the 75th year of the 100th IFB, and this December, an exhibit on the story of Maui Internees. November welcomes our annual dinner on the 17th with an exciting guest speaker and the second year of our Hero Awards. We thank our ongoing and new supporters of the NVMC – indeed, we could not do what we do without you. To stay on top of all that is going on, please visit our website at www.nvmc.org. どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
Gavin Kelley, Deidre’s brother (left), and Deidre in her school uniform. Imabari, Shikoku, Japan 1981.
NVMC INTRODUCES... New Executive Director, Board Members The NVMC welcomes Deidre Tegarden as its new executive director. The former Chief of Protocol for Governors Neil Abercrombie and David Ige started in her new role at the center in September 2016. “I was hoping to find a job in the nonprofit sector tied to Japanese culture and values,” said Tegarden, who was born in Pennsylvania but spent many of her formative years in Japan and Northern China with her journalist mother and younger brother. She later attended the University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese and Chinese studies. However, it was her time at McKinley High School on O‘ahu that made Deidre realize Hawai‘i was home and one day she would return. Tegarden has taken on a wide variety of positions, including co-founder of International House, a Hiroshima-based company advising U.S. companies on business protocols in Japan; associate executive director of the Hula Bowl Maui; and executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui where she helped the agency regain fiscal stability. “We are excited and pleased to have Deidre as our new executive director,” said Brian Moto, NVMC board president. “She is a person of energy, talent and commitment, and will help us accomplish even greater things. Her presence has already made a remarkable difference.” Tegarden lives with her husband, Shane, in Kihei. Her mother still travels and writes. Her brother is a writer, civic activist and arts administrator who works in Los Angeles with aspiring pre-professional artists.
OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Much of her life has been devoted to education, as she has worked in the Hawai‘i Department of Education for the last 30 years as a teacher and administrator — including stints as principal of Kula and Pomaika‘i Elementary Schools. Yamafuji was nominated for the Tokioka Award for Excellence in School Leadership in 2009, and Pomaika‘i Elementary
RENE YAMAFUJI is formerly from Lahaina where her family owned the Liberty Restaurant on
received the Arts Excellence award in 2010. The couple lives in Kula and
Front Street. After graduating from
spend much of their time traveling,
Lahainaluna, she attended Eastern
including visiting their two sons
New Mexico University where she
who live and work on the Mainland
met her husband, Stanley Morris.
and taking her mom to Las Vegas.
It was in college where she began
Yamafuji also enjoys the retired life
volunteering (SPURS, Cardinal Keys,
playing Mahjong every Monday at the
and various University Student
Kaunoa Senior Center.
committees), and she continues to
Yamafuji’s Uncle, Tamotsu “Tom”
be active today through educational
Miyoken, was a member of the 442nd
organizations (Delta Kappa Gamma
Regimental Combat Team and the
and Alpha Delta Kappa) and the
DR. PETER GALPIN brings to the board his military experience as a U.S. Army special-forces weapons expert and medic and serves as the board’s liaison to the Maui County Veterans Council. “While serving in Vietnam as a combat medic, I decided I wanted to be a doctor,” Dr. Galpin recalls. Despite becoming paralyzed from his legs down in a motorcycle accident, Galpin continued his pre-med studies at San Francisco State University. In 1980, he entered the Wayne State University School of Medicine and became the first surgeon in the world to go through medical school and surgical training as a paraplegic.
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Makawao Hongwanji Mission).
HouseMart Courage Award
NVMC Philanthropy Award
Joshua and Shauna Dukes are the
As chief executive officer of the
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parents of four beautiful children.
Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation
A few years ago, their youngest
Maui Region, Wes Lo successfully
son, Trucker, was diagnosed with
improved healthcare for the Maui
stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare type
community, culminating with the
of childhood cancer that quickly
eventual passage of Act 103 of
spread throughout half his body.
2015, granting the Maui Region an
Trucker endured multiple rounds of
opportunity to pursue a public-
chemotherapy, radiation and life-
private partnership. He also oversaw
threatening surgeries designed to
the physical expansion of Maui
rid his young body of the disease.
Memorial Medical Center to meet
Josh and Shauna had to make
growing demands by increasing the
difficult decisions in Trucker’s best
size of the Emergency Department,
interest, such as taking him to New
adding a 75,000 square-foot
York to seek potential life-saving
tower, building a 25,000 square-
treatments to save his life. For
foot outpatient clinic and finishing
months, Shauna went back and forth
the construction of the helipad.
with Trucker, while Josh took care of
With Lo named as the new chief
the rest of the family here on Maui.
executive officer of Hale Makua,
Trucker Duke passed away on
we look forward to even greater
March 3, 2017 at the age of 3. In his
improvements in the healthcare
short time on Earth he touched many
delivery model — continuing his
with his courage and love. The world
amazing work performed at local
is a better place because he was in it.
hospitals on behalf of the
Our sympathies are with his ‘ohana.
decades of coaching, Yamashita led the Maui Little League Intermediate All-Stars to the State Championship, then to a Western Regional Championship and, ultimately, to a berth at the U.S. Championship game. At the same time, Coach Dean also led the Maui Pony All-Stars to a State Championship, the Western Zone Championship and then the team advanced to play at the Pony World Series. The Little League team (which Coach Dean’s son, Adam, was a member) went on to not only win the U.S. Championship but became the first-ever team from Maui to win the Little League World Championship. While he wasn’t at the championship physically (he was coaching the Pony All-Stars), Coach Dean’s courage and leadership were every bit a part of the win.
Alenette Ballesteros of King Kekaulike High School’s AVID program presented a $5,000 check from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to Kansha Preschool Director Charlene Drose, and teachers Kawai Hanohano and Danae Cabreros. The funds were received through the “Educating the Heart” grant program.
Weinberg Grant goes to King Kekaulike High School Students The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
also helped at the Chrysanthemum
Avid group decided to have the funds
Foundation’s “Educating the Heart”
Festival serving dinner and cleaning
go to Kansha Preschool — as they
grant program asks students to
up. Finally, students helped paint
have for the past seven years.
contribute 100 hours of volunteer
the mural in the Kansha Preschool
work toward a nonprofit. Jan
classroom with UH Maui College art
presentation party where the King
Matsushita’s Japanese Club at King
professor Michael Takemoto.
Kekaulike High School students
In January, the NVMC held a check
Kekaulike High School helped with
When the volunteer hours are
a cleanup day at NVMC where they
complete, the Weinberg Foundation
check to the Kansha staff
painted traffic lines, worked on the
provides a $5,000 grant to a qualified
HILT trail, and polished rails. They
agency of the students’ choice. The
presented the Weinberg Foundation
MEET RESEARCH ARCHIVIST
nyone who knows Melanie Agrabante, knows she has an infectious exuberance when it comes to the
Nisei veterans and the NVMC. Give her any name, and within a few minutes she can tell you their company, battalion, and the battles they fought. If you give her a minute more, she might be able to tell you about their entire family history here on Maui. So it was an easy decision to appoint her as the center’s official research archivist. Of Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Austrian ancestry, Agrabante recalls growing up in Sand Hills and feeling sad when she couldn’t attend Japanese
“ I LOVED GOING INTO THE
school on Saturdays. However, in 1981 as a teenager she
ARCHIVES BECAUSE I COULD FEEL
was able to travel to Japan with the Maui High School
THE HISTORY AND THE STORIES
band (she played the French horn) and established friendships on that trip that endure to this day.
WAITING TO BE TOLD.”
An avid dancer, Agrabante started dancing with the Nakayama Minyo Kai in 2006. Through the Obon circuit,
shared. “It was the same war, but not the same story.
she met former NVMC board member Dorothy Nakata,
We need to tell ALL the stories.”
who quickly got Melanie involved as a volunteer, folding the Okage Sama De newsletter. “I remember (then board president) Hiroshi Arisumi showing us how to make nice creases using cans of tuna,” Agrabante recalled. When she wasn’t folding newsletters, Agrabante was one of three people entrusted with the inventory and photography of each item in the archives. “I loved going into the archives because I could feel the history and the stories waiting to be told.” When the Education Center was built in 2013, Melanie was tapped as office manager. Now, 11 years since she
Melanie’s goal is to ensure that the archives are organized so families can come in and see what their fathers, grandfathers and uncles did in WWII. “Our Nisei veterans gave so much of themselves overseas and an equal amount to our community when they returned home. These men are our heroes. Of course, if you ask them, they will tell you they were just doing their job.” It is a goal of the center to ensure the perpetuation of the stories and values of our Nisei veterans, and Melanie Agrabante is the perfect person to make sure we do this.
folded her first newsletter and began taking photos for the center, Agrabante is back home in the archives. “We have so many items from so many families,” she
The NVMC archives is honored to be home to a vast array of items from Nisei veterans including oral histories, clothing, letters, photographs, and other related memorabilia.
HAIKU INTERNMENT CAMP Taken on the site of the Haiku Internment Camp, this post-WWII photo shows a pineapple ﬁeld with the Maui Dry Goods building in the background. This winter, the NVMC Education Center will present a follow-up to “The Hawai’i Internees Story” exhibit shown in winter 2014-2015.
FILM TO SHARE STORY OF MAUI INTERNMENT CAMPS
Ryan Kawamoto interviewed Dr. Seiya Ohata last October at his Kula residence. Michael Tanji, also with Kinetic Productions Inc., assisting with the camera and sound.
ilm director Ryan Kawamoto of Honolulu-based
resident Michael Munekiyo about his father’s account of
Kinetic Productions Inc. spent a day on Maui last
the camps during the war.
October interviewing two Maui residents whose fathers
Recently, the story of Dr. Ohata’s father, Dr. Seiichi
were incarcerated during World War II. Their interviews
Ohata, was featured in the NVMC Education Center’s
will be part of an upcoming film series sponsored by the
2014 internment exhibit. Plans are underway to unveil the
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) about the
additional stories of Shigeji Terada (Okuda’s father) and
internment camps of the neighbor islands.
Toshio Munekiyo in fall 2017 or spring 2018, coinciding with
In 2012, Kawamoto wrote and directed the film, “The Untold Story,” about the Honouliuli Internment Camp on
the release of Kawamoto’s new film. In addition to his work on special feature films,
O‘ahu. While on Maui he met with Mildred Okuda and Dr.
Kawamoto recently produced the Island Insurance
Seiya Ohata to learn about their fathers’ experiences in
television ads featuring Hawai‘i NFL quarterback Marcus
addition to visiting the Wailuku and Haiku camp sites on
Mariota. The director also mentors students working on
the island. Kawamoto is also planning to interview Maui
film stories for PBS Hawai‘i’s “Hiki No” series.
Maui Nisei Veterans Center Visitors Three Kahului School classmates visited the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) exhibit in early November 2016. They gathered with other Kahului School classmates for a mini class reunion.
From left, Allan Morimoto, son of STAFF SERGEANT MUNAKI MORIMOTO who served as an MIS voice interceptor; Lester Katahara, son of CAPTAIN SADAMI KATAHARA, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion; and Ted Kesaji, son-in-law of PRIVATE NOBORU SUGAHARA who served as a rifleman in the 100th Infantry Battalion. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLAN MORIMOTO
GRANT NAKAMA became involved with the inaugural Hero Awards committee last fall. Nakama grew up on Maui around the family business, the Aloha Poi Factory, which his great-grandfather started in 1939. Many hours, particularly during the summers, were spent in the factory and on deliveries.
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Nakama graduated from Maui High School and attended the University of Hawai‘i where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management before continuing on to earn his Masters of Business Administration. He also worked as an appraiser and supervisor for the Maui County Department of Finance before moving on to the Maui County Federal Credit Union where he was the chief administrative officer. He presently holds the position of project manager at Maui Land and Pine. Married to his wife, Jenna, Nakama enjoys golf and fishing in
Dr. Galpin and his wife, Nina, have been longtime supporters of the NVMC. Their daughter, Mikiko, while attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, produced a play, “Go for Broke,” about the Nisei World War II experience (see “Okage Sama de,” June 2015). Dr. Galpin was recently honored at the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act for his professional and non-medical achievements. He has been active in the Boy Scouts (his son, Akira, is an Eagle Scout), coaching youth sports, and volunteering for medical missions to Afghanistan and Laos.
Board and staﬀ photos courtesy of Nagamine Photo Studios
addition to his responsibilities as an assistant varsity baseball coach for the Maui High School Baseball team since 2005. His grand-uncle, Mamoru Steve Yokoyama, served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. His grandfather, Norman Nakama, was also a Nisei Veteran, and served in the Army’s communications division.
KYOKO KIMURA brings to the NVMC board an invaluable connection to the visitor industry. Currently working with AquaAston Hospitality, she has served on the boards of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Japan Hawai‘i Tourism Council, and Maui Hotel Association, as well as a number of other nonprofit boards such as the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. Ms. Kimura received her bachelor’s degree in art from Kobe College before attending Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Fluent in Japanese and English, she earned a master’s degree of science in translation and served as an interpreter for former President George H.W. Bush. Ms. Kimura and her husband, Glenn, reside in Wailea and have two children: Christie, who attends Waseda University in Tokyo, and Leslie, who attends Seabury Hall. When asked to share a personal thought about the Nisei experience, she explained: “When I got married, I found out that my uncle and my husband’s uncle were both in WWII as enemies. This fact shocked me. In order to find the solution for World Peace and keep our children and their children safe and happy, we definitely need to learn from history.” The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is honored to welcome all of our new board members.
JAMES KALEIKAPU KAHOLOKULA Baron Kaholokula is the son of Robert “Robbie” and Pua Kaholokula of Kaua‘i and grandson of James Kaholokula, an original member of the 100th Infantry Battalion. Baron is a music teacher at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and a Waikiki entertainer. While growing up, he heard stories about his grandfather and, intrigued, decided to pursue a degree in history at Chaminade University. The following article is an encapsulation of Kaholokula’s presentation given to sophomore students at Kamehameha Schools Maui on Nov. 17, 2016.
James Kaleikapu Kaholokula
James Kaholokula at Camp McCoy, 1943
life eluded the independent and
The cousins were renowned for the
was born on May 27, 1918, in Maui’s
rebellious-minded youngster who left
music they played, which provided
Pauwela, a tiny village of a few
school after the 4th grade and faced
all the men with a nostalgic tie to
Hawaiian and Japanese families.
plantation life as his only future.
the islands. James and Daniel were
Kaholokula was himself half-Hawaiian
The military presented an
part of the Hawaiian Serenaders and
and half-Japanese, not an ideal
opportunity for change and, with
entertained troops on visits with the
combination in terms of the social-
the formation of the all-Nisei 100th
100th’s Aloha Baseball Team on the
economic environment of that time
Infantry Battalion, James decided
continental United States.
to join. He convinced his cousin,
Following annexation in 1898,
But once shipped overseas in
Daniel, a full-blooded Hawaiian, to
Europe, life was hell. At the Battle
Hawaiians were forced to suppress
enlist with him. While his leadership
of Monte Cassino, by some miracle
their culture and language, while the
qualities led to his rise into the non-
both Kaholokulas survived a suicide
Japanese, who were brought to the
commissioned officer ranks, James’
charge by Company B and reached
islands as plantation laborers, were
“kolohe” impulses resulted in his
the safety of the river wall with only
denied U.S. citizenship and economic
being stripped of rank on more than
28 of the 180 men in the company.
opportunities outside the plantations.
one occasion. The men sometimes
James had another close call with
Kaholokula’s father owned a
faced rejection from the Japanese
small bar in Pa‘ia where young
soldiers who saw them as “Kanakas”
James would sometimes have the
and haole officers who saw them as
opportunity to entertain the patrons.
But success in other aspects of his
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Kansha Intergenerational Mural UH Maui College art professor Michael Takemoto, with help from King Kekaulike High School students, created a mural in the Kansha Preschool classroom over the Christmas break. The students took on this project as part of the volunteer hours they contribute toward earning a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation “Educating the Heart” grant. When Kansha director Charlene Drose was considering the possibility of having a mural painted, NVMC board member Rene Yamafuji approached Takemoto who, without hesitation, offered to lead the project. With assistance from students in Jan Matsushita’s Japanese Club at King Kekaulike High School, as well as his wife, Rae, the team completed the mural in five days.
UH Maui College art professor Michael Takemoto added the ﬁnishing touches to the mural.
King Kekaulike High School students Kainalu Yoshida, Kristine Nono, Kaye Nono, Marie Angelfaith Andres and Yancy Rivas worked on the background of the painting. Jon Arisumi of Arisumi Brothers Inc. donated the scaffolding necessary for the artists. What a wonderful present for our preschoolers and kupuna to enjoy!
Values & Our Heroes The Nisei veterans had a set of values by which they lived their lives:
GANBARI - Perseverance KANSHA - Gratitude CHUGI - Loyalty ENRYO - Humility SEKININ - Responsibility
Be sure to watch for the column, titled “Our Local Heroes” in The Maui News on the first and third Sunday of each month. The NVMC has partnered with the newspaper on the column, which will alternately feature one of Maui’s Nisei veterans and the value their story represents, and a current day hero. Do you have a story about a Maui Nisei veteran or local acts of everyday heroism? If so, please contact us at the center at (808) 244-6862 or email NVMC Executive Director Deidre Tegarden at email@example.com. We thank all of our Heroes for what they have done to make
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Baron Kaholokula recently addressed vets, spouses and widows.
KSM Seniors Present ‘Living History’ Projects at Club 100th Veterans Gathering Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui presented
Following the presentation, Kaholokula’s grandson,
their “Living History” projects at a gathering of the 100th
Baron Kaholokula, shared more anecdotes about his
Infantry Battalion, Maui Chapter, held in January at the
grandfather and sang one of James Kaholokula’s most
famous compositions, “Pua ‘Olena.”
The teams had produced research projects on two
The 100th gathering kicked off the 75th anniversary of
former 100th Infantry veterans, Major Mitsuyoshi Fukuda
the formation of the unit after the start of World War II.
and SSG James Kaholokula, for the Smithsonian Institute-
This summer, the NVMC Education Center will present a
sponsored Living History Day held last year at the Pacific
special exhibit about the 100th Infantry Battalion.
Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor. Seniors John Koa Williamson and Justin Shifler displayed the biography of Major Fukuda, who was the only Nisei commanding officer of the 100th. Jarin Correa and Rafael Adolpho described the life history of James Kaholokula of Pauwela, Maui, one of the 100th’s few veterans of Hawaiian ancestry (see the story of James Kaleikapu Kaholokula on page 8).
Ramona Ho, Justin Shiffler, John Koa Willamson and Leslie Pico-Lilio
KAHOLOKULA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 ...His good friend, “Congo,” was shot in both legs by enemy machine gun fire. He called out to James, “Kole, save me!” Facing machine gun fire, Kaholokula made it to his buddy and carried him back to safety. death in the Vosges Mountains of
and brother-in-law Harold Kama, he
France during the Battle of the Lost
formed the group, Na Kaholokula,
Battalion. His good friend, “Congo,”
practicing five hours each day, seven
hero in himself in the battlefields of
was shot in both legs by enemy
days a week. In 1981, the band won
Europe. But more importantly, he
machine gun fire. He called out
a Na Hoku Hanohano award for the
displayed that heroism again upon
to James, “Kole, save me!” Facing
Best Single of the Year with a song
his return to Hawai‘i. By not dwelling
machine gun fire, Kaholokula made
James wrote, titled “Na Wahine ‘O Ke
on the past but looking to the future,
it to his buddy and carried him back
driven by his passion for music, love
to safety. This action earned James Kaholokula a Bronze Star Medal. James Kaholokula returned to
Kaholokula drew inspiration from
“Pua ‘Olena.” James Kaholokula found the
of family and beauty of the islands,
letters and poems he had penned in
he stands as a model to his children,
Hawaiian over the years and set them
grandchildren and all of Hawai‘i.
the islands and turned to his family,
to music. He was even cajoled into
woodworking, and in particular, to
writing a song about a ginger plant
music to escape the horrors of war.
(‘olena) in his home, resulting into the
With his sons, Robbie and Kimo,
Na Hoku Hanohano award winning
James Kaholokula passed away on Nov. 3, 1993, at the age of 75.
Every Grain of Rice: Portraits of Maui’s Japanese Community The NVMC is extremely lucky to have had the very talented author, Rita Goldman, write “Every Grain of Rice” for the center. The book, made possible through the generosity of Pukalani Superette, tells the story of Maui’s Japanese community, from the arrival of plantation workers in the mid-1800s to the years following WWII — when the courage and sacrifice of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, proven on the battlefields of Europe, helped to break down the barriers of social injustice at home. If you don’t have your copy yet, or need one for a friend, please call the center. This is a beautiful, well-told history of our island home.
Masao Shimizu and Jocelyn Tengan receive a gift copy of “Every Grain of Rice” from docent Judy Fukuda.
ACTIVE AGING WITH MAUI ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS BY SUZANNE ANTOUNIAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAUI ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS
As a senior, it can be challenging to acknowledge you need assistance, especially if you have been a highly independent person all your life and you’re used to caring for others. Likewise, if you are the caregiver, it may be equally difficult to consider allowing a “stranger” to care for your beloved family member. As with any service, the best time to start exploring your care options and what services are available in your community is before you actually need them. Caring for the elderly is an important issue facing the baby boomer generation. Twenty million seniors over the age of 85 will live in the United States by the year 2050. This is an increase of almost 17 million seniors compared to 3 million in 2000. In the early 1900s, less than 5 million American reached the age of 65. As of 2005, almost 40 million men and women are fortunate to attain the age of 65 or older. Maui Adult Day Care Centers, as an organization, has been providing adult day care services since 1974. With life expectancy rising, more of us find we need assistance as we age. Adult day care centers are designed for older adults who can no longer manage independently or who are isolated and lonely. The centers enable seniors to socialize with others while still receiving needed care services. At the same time, they offer caregivers a break from caregiving duties while knowing their loved ones are in good hands.
Our centers provide a wide array of activities, which offer enjoyment, entertainment and companionship to seniors whether they are looking to enhance their daily routine, build consistency into their schedules, or simply stimulate the mind. For example, our Ocean View Center, which opened its doors at the Nisei Center in July 2006, offers an intergenerational program that bridges the gap between the generations of our keiki and kupuna, providing meaningful moments together. There is no time like the present to keep your mind active and make new friends! Maui Adult Day Care Centers offers monthly support groups and workshops. You’re invited to stop by or spend the day with us to get a “feel” for our center. Please give us a call at (808) 871-5804 or visit us at www.madcc.org.
Kazuto Takahashi celebrates his 100th birthday at the Ocean View Center with staff from Maui Adult Day Care Centers: (from left) Suzanne, Elsa, Brenda, Mary, Birthday Boy Kazuto, Tessie, Randy, Emi, Arsenia and Wesley. PHOTO: ELMER PERE
‘MIS: AMERICA’S SECRET WEAPON’ EXHIBIT DRAWS OVER 1,100 VISITORS On Nov. 1, 1941, the U.S. Army
bridge between Japanese and U.S.
stories and memorabilia were on
established the Military Intelligence
officials, and helped write Japan’s
display during NVMC’s recent MIS
Service (MIS) Language School. Its
exhibit (Dec. 2016 – Feb. 2017). The
secret mission: to teach the Japanese
Until recently, very little was known
center thanks the MIS Veterans Club
language to military intelligence
about the MIS because their work
personnel in the event of war with
was classified. They were considered
If you missed it, you can see the
Japan. Following the outbreak of WWII,
America’s “secret weapon,” credited
original exhibit at the Hawai‘i Army
Japanese Americans were recruited
by Major General Charles A.
Museum in Waikiki. Members of
from the 100th IFB, the 442nd RCT,
Willoughby with saving a million lives
the inaugural “Our Heroes” panel
as well as from Hawai‘i and Mainland
and shortening the war by two years.
discussion, Messrs. Masao Motooka
internment camps. In all, 6,000 Nisei graduated from MIS language schools.
In 2000, the MIS received their
of Hawaii for developing the exhibit.
and Harold Okumura, shared their
2nd Presidential Unit Citation for
MIS stories to an audience of 100
extraordinary heroism in military
people. Akaku will be airing that
major battle against the Japanese
operations against an armed enemy.
event in the coming months.
military. They gathered volumes of
In 2011, the members of the MIS, along
intelligence used to develop successful
with fellow soldiers of the 100th IFB
Allied strategies and operations against
and 442nd RCT, were awarded the
Japan. When the Pacific war ended,
Congressional Gold Medal.
MIS graduates participated in every
the MIS aided in the demobilization of Japan’s armed forces, served as a
There were over 240 men from Maui in the MIS, and many of their
From L to R: Masao Motooka, Tom Yamada, Harold Okumura and George Arine (George is the President of the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii).
LEST WE FORGET OUR DEPARTED COMRADES Francis M. Ohta September 16, 1924 – December 3, 2016
Sam Teruo Kikumoto
Francis Mitsuo Ohta of Waihe‘e, Maui passed away on Dec. 3, 2016, at age 92. He is predeceased by his
wife, Yuriko, who passed away in
December 12, 1923 – October 08, 2016
1989 after 41 years of marriage. He is survived by sons Warren (Kathy) and Philip (Gayle); daughter Francine; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sisters Edith Chun and Ruth Inouye; and brothers Lawrence, Walter (Alice) and Thomas. Ohta was born in Wailuku, Maui, to Richard and Fusako Ohta. He attended Waihe‘e School and later graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1942. In March 1943, Mr. Ohta volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company “L.” He fought in the Rome Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley and Rhineland Campaigns. For his service, he received the American Campaign Service Medal, EAME Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Purple Heart Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge with Oak Leaf Cluster. Ohta received his Honorable Discharge in January 1946 attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon coming home to Maui, he returned to his old job at First Hawaiian Bank and went on to become branch manager serving at the Lahaina, Wailuku and Pukalani branches. He retired in 1988 after 45 years with the bank. Ohta enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time in his garden.
Hiroshi Shishido passed away at his Kahului home at age 92. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol; son Reynold Shishido; and daughter Laura Shishido. He is survived by son David and grandchildren Holly, Tammy, and Kylie Yamamoto. Shishido was born in Kikania, Maui, to Mitsugi and Setsu Shishido. He attended Keahua Elementary then graduated from Maui High School in 1942. He spent his early years living with his Uncle and Aunt Tanji raising pineapple, tomatoes and other cash crops. In 1945, Hiroshi received his draft notice and shipped off to Honolulu and assigned to Scofield Barracks. He served as an interpreter in the South Pacific, Philippines, Okinawa and Yokohama Japan. On Feb. 13, 1947, he was discharged from the U.S. Army with a rank of Tec 4. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal and the Occupation Medal with clasp (Japan). He was then re-employed as a U.S. civilian worker in the same capacity. It was in Yokohama that Hiroshi met his future wife. In 1948, Hiroshi returned to Hawai‘i, eventually taking a position with the U.S. Postal Service, first in Pu‘unene, then in Kahului where he retired in 1986. In retirement, he took a job as a full-time tour guide.
September 11, 1919 – August 22, 2016 Sam Teruo “Sammy” Kikumoto passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, at age 96. He is survived by his wife, Frances; sons David (Nanette) and James (Karen); daughters Rebecca and Jeanette; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and his sister, Fumiko Takeyama. He was born in Sacramento, California, to Sinojo and Sato Kikumoto. He was educated in Japan until age 12 and received the remainder of his education in Nevada. Mr. Kikumoto enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1944 and was recruited in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). He completed his MIS language schooling at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in 1944 and then served in the China, Burma, India (C.B.I.) theater of war. After the war, he served in French Indochina with the War Crimes Commission. He also worked for a brief time at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He received his Honorable Discharge on June 15, 1946. Kikumoto spent most of his post war years in Wells, Nevada, where he was a member of the VFW and the Chamber of Commerce. In 1993, he moved to Maui where he enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Jiro Koja January 9, 1923 – December 14, 2016 Mr. Jiro Koja of Kahului, Maui, passed away on Dec. 13, 2016, at age 93. He is survived by son Randall (Aselda)
Meyer M. Ueoka July 4, 1920 – August 26, 2016 Meyer M. Ueoka passed away at his home in Wailuku, Maui, at age 96. He is survived by his wife, Yukie; son Ladd Ueoka; daughters Celia Suzuki and Janice (Garry) Kemp; granddaughters Chisa, Marisa and Kanani; and great granddaughter Madison. Ueoka was born on the Fourth of July in Pa‘ia, Maui, to Sokyo and Tomiyo Ueoka, the founders of the Pa‘ia Mantokuji Mission. He attended Paia School, graduated from Maui High School in Hamakuapoko, and went on to attend classes at the University of Nebraska until, while he was a senior, WWII broke out. In September 1943 he volunteered for active duty with the U.S. Army, placing his education on hold. Ueoka entered service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, then received his language school training for the Military Intelligence Service at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He served in the Pacific Theatre including the Philippines, Kure and Okayama Shi. For his service, Ueoka received the American Campaign Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Service Medal. On June 22, 1946, he received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Tec 5. After the war, Ueoka re-enrolled at the University of Nebraska to complete his studies and, in 1947, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He went on to further his education at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, receiving his juris doctorate in 1949. Ueoka’s legal career spanned 63 years, starting as a deputy county attorney for seven years then as a private practitioner for 56 more years. During this time he was appointed as a part-time Magistrate of the Lahaina
Koja and grandchildren Liane and Justin. Koja was born in Pa‘ia, Maui, to Kame and Yukino Koja. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army on Sept. 18, 1944. He was eventually assigned to “L” Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Koja participated in the North Apennines, Po Valley and Rhineland Campaigns. For his service, he was awarded the EAME Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He was Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class on Dec. 8, 1946. Upon returning to Maui, Koja launched his career as a liquor salesman for Maui Dry Goods. Later, he would become the owner of Central Automotive, a service writer for Island Dodge and eventually a private taxi operator. In his earlier years he enjoyed golfing and gardening. He was a proud member of the Maui 442nd Veteran’s Club.
and Lanai District Courts. In politics he was elected to terms in the 1968 Constitutional Convention, to the House of Representatives, and to the state Board of Education. As a Boy Scout, he attained the level of Eagle Scout and, in his adult service to the Boy Scouts, went on to be awarded with the prestigious Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. In recognition of his service to the Japanese and Japanese cultural communities, Ueoka was conferred the Imperial Decoration Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays, by the Japanese Government for fostering and expanding the friendship and understanding between Japan and Hawai‘i.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NVMC for the period September 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 ARMY
Mr. and Mrs. Tady Arisumi
Charles and Tamara Fujinaka
Lloyd and Pauline Pui-Yu Arisumi
in memory of Makoto and Elinor Fujinaka
David and Judith Fukuda
Dr. Peter Galpin
Howard and Pam Ikeda
Masato Tanaka Trust C/o Alvin A. Tanaka
in memory of Sgt Masayoshi Oba,
Matson Navigation Co. Inc & Subsidiaries
Co L and Pfc Masato Tanaka, Co H
Maui Chemical & Paper Products, Inc.
Maui AJA Veterans Club, Inc.
Maui Oil Company, Inc.
Maui’s Sons and Daughters Of
Paul and Jessie Mizoguchi
The Nisei Veterans
Roy and Lorraine Okumura Foundation
J.S. Mayer in honor of Dr. Peter A. Galpin
Sae Design, Inc.
in memory of Osamu Nakagawa,
100th Infantry Battalion Tomoko Ohata
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Arisumi Brothers, Inc.
Steve and Sohny Strong
Gene and Beryl Bal
Central Pacific Bank Foundation
James and Susanne Takamiya
Elton and Sandra Wada
in memory of Victor I. Endo
Louis and Jean Wada
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation
in memory of Raymond K. Iwamoto,
Goodfellow Brothers Inc. Glenn and Edean Goya Hale Mahaolu
Tokuji Yoshihashi in honor of 100th Infantry Battalion, Co. A
Hideo and Joyce Kawahara
George and Joyce Akamine
Alan and Valerie Matsunaga in memory of Toshio and Misao Kubota
in memory of Tsutomu Tom Nagata, 100th Infantry Battalion
Richard and Judith Michaels
Barry and Kathleen Aoki
Alan and Carol Arai
in memory of Johnny T. Miyagawa,
Carol Ball, Inc.
100th Infantry Battalion, Company C
Robert and Geraldine Carroll
Miyake Concrete Accessories, Inc.
Dan and Kathy Deknis
Lyman and Marilyn Morikawa
Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
Munekiyo Hiraga, Inc.
Foodland Super Market, Ltd.
Howard & Janis Nakamura
Ronald and Kay Fukumoto
in Memory of Sue Arisumi
Yukio and Jane Okuda
Jonathan Starr and Helen Nielsen
in memory of Louise S. Maehara Stanley Sakata in memory of Hiroshi “Jack” Uyeno John and JoAnn Sinton Hilton and Maria Unemori Yokouchi Foundation
in memory of Fujio Shibano Ronald Kawahara Gerald H. Kibe Carl Kobayashi in memory of Harry N. Kobayashi Harry and Ann Kochi Hisako Koga
Maui Electric Company, Ltd. Norman Nakama No Ka Oi Energy, LLC Cheryl Okuma Warren and Helen Orikasa Gordon and Betty Pefley Aline Rolaff in memory of Howard Hamaguchi and Tamotsu Hamaguchi Gary Sato Scott Sakakihara and Linda Monden Virginia Shaw Allen and Janice Shishido Joseph and Frances Souki Brian and Helen Takaki in memory of Susumu Takaki Howard and Susan Takamori Donald and Gail Terada Dr. Cliff and Ruth Tokumaru Bruce and Dawn Ueki William and Betty Watanabe
COMPANY Tak Ageno Myrtle Agrabante Air Methods Corp. in memory of Sam Kikumoto Arthur and Ina Altman Richard and Annette Arine Linda Ayau Tiare Kanaha, Marcus Ayau and Matthew Ayau Rosalyn Baker Michael and Karen Bena Masao and Adeline Daida Gwendolyn Fujie Milton Fujii Satsuki Fukunaga Wessen and Lydia Furomoto Howard and Sheryl Hamai Kazuichi and Grace Hamasaki James Hampton in Memory of Ruth Mieko Okafuji Hampton Hashimoto Persimmon Farm LLC Edward Hashiro Herman Hashizume Chieko Hiwatashi Gerald Hiyakumoto Christine Hondo Ted and Margaret Hori Joyce Horikawa
Kenneth and Sandra Ichikawa
Victor and Sandra Tengan
Tokiaki and Patricia Toyama
Uptown Service Inc.
K-Deck Canvas Corp
Ethel Uyehara and Douglas Keefe
in memory of Suguru Takahashi, 442nd.
Jonathan Shirota in memory of Rikio “Buggy” Higashi, Class of ‘45, BHS Anna Mae Shishido Joy Smith
Brian and Susan Kanegai
Kyle and Colette Watanabe
Ralph and Thelma Takata
Donald and Mae Karimoto
Steven and Ileene Tanabe
Allan and Linda Tanaka
Shoji and Shizuyo Yamaguchi
James and Nancy Killett
Henry and Betty Yamamoto
Mildred and Tokuo Tashiro
Henry and Betty Yamashiro
Larry and Joan Yokoyama
Ken and Nancy Tome
in memory of Haruo Karimoto
in memory of Sgt. Katsui Jinnohara, 100th Infantry Battalion George Matsunaga in memory of George Mitsuru, MIS
PLATOON Rudolph and Anne Andrade in memory of all 442nd Veterans
Keith and Joan Tsuji Ken and Caryn Uechi in memory of Raymond K. Iwamoto, 100th IFB
Gary and Madeline Meyer
Michael and Adrienne Asato
Nelly J. Uehara
Alvin and Michie Chee
Yukie H. Ueoka
Robert and Margaret Miyashiro
Valerie Hashimoto and Daniel Bender
Albert and Julie Morita
Jayne Hirata Epstein
Kaoru and Fujie Muraoka
Randall and Susan Wilson
Esther K. Nakamura
Elaine and Milton Yamashita
Harold and Masue Okumura
Lester Yano and Estelle Chun
Tetsuo and Margaret Hamada
Brandon and Joan Higashi
Patrick Jim and Beryl Jio
Charles and Jacqueline Probst
Donald and Faith Ito
Ken and Sandy Ichikawa
Carl and Susan Izumi
Wallace and Sheila Izumigawa
Stanley T. Sato
Service Rentals & Supplies, Inc.
Stanley and Harriet Kawamata
Ed and Elllen Nishimura
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shimomura
Mae M. Omuro
Vanessa A. Kina
Tom and Krystene Lam
Edward and Jacklyn Linn
Robert and Carol Suzuki
in memory of Mitsugu and Rachael Jio
in memory of Jitsuo Sanehira, MIS
in memory of Fujio Sueno Celia Suzuki in memory of Meyer Ueoka
in memory of Hiroshi Taguchi Susan Takamatsu in memory of Tadayuki Takamatsu
in memory of Larry Hashimoto
Maui 442nd Veterans Club in memory of Motoshi Tokunaga Suzanne Millard
Larry and Donna Reid
Mark and Lois Sato
Marvin and Jocelyn Tengan
Ray and Gale Shimomura
Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Receives Donation
FROM MAUI AJA VETERANS, INC. The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) received a generous financial gift in the amount of $85,000 from Maui AJA Veterans, Inc., as the latter group dissolved at the end of 2016 after 70 years of service to the Maui County community. Maui AJA Veterans, Inc., was formed in 1947 as soldiers returned from military service in WWII. The veterans wanted to continue their camaraderie, serve their community and honor fallen comrades of the 100th infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. Over the years, Maui AJA Veterans, Inc., contributed to the community through Pony League baseball, the Chrysanthemum Ball (now carried on by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans and renamed the Chrysanthemum Festival) and sponsorship of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, which is a living memorial to AJAs who served in World War II. The gift represents the final act in the closing of Maui AJA Veterans, Inc., and was approved by its Board of Directors to help ensure that the legacy of AJA soldiercitizens inspires future generations.
NVMC Executive Director Deidre Tegarden and Brian Moto receive a generous $85,000 check from the Maui AJA Veterans “The Nisei Veterans sacrificed much and we owe them a debt of gratitude. Their values of honor, duty, loyalty, gratitude, and responsibility, can be seen in every aspect of their contributions to our community. We are honored to receive this donation and will use it to continue sharing the legacy of our Nisei Veterans”
- Executive Director Deidre Tegarden 18
DONATE TO THE NVMC Please show your support for the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Your tax-deductible contribution will help the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center maintain the NVMC “Living Memorial” campus and fulfill its mission of promoting understanding about the history, values and culture of the Nisei veterans among our community’s children, families and visitors.
DONATION CATEGORIES Please indicate your support level by checking below: ARMY ($2,500 and over)
COMPANY ($249 – $100)
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SQUAD ($24 and below)
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E nclosed is a check for $_____________ , payable to NISEI VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER, to support NVMC in its work to educate the community about the history, values and culture of the Nisei soldier. For other donation options, please visit our website, www.nvmc.org or call (808) 244-6862 with any questions you may have.
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SPRING NEWSLETTER 2017
OKAGE SAMA DE Annual Dinner FIND THE HERO IN YOURSELF The NVMC 13th Annual Dinner, “Find the Hero in Yourself,” sold out on Nov. 4, 2016, at the
King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse.
Film to Share Story of Maui Internment Camps Film director Ryan Kawamoto of Honolulu-based Kinetic Productions Inc. spent a day on Maui last October interviewing two Maui residents whose fathers were incarcerated during World War II.
Every Grain of Rice: Portraits of Maui’s Japanese Community The NVMC is extremely lucky to have had the very talented author, Rita Goldman, write “Every Grain of Rice” for the center.
KSM seniors present ‘Living History’ projects at Club 100th veterans gathering Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui presented their “Living History” projects at a gathering of the 100th Infantry Battalion.