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NVMC Philanthropy Award-winner Wes Lo, House Mart Courage Awardwinners Shauna and Joshua Dukes and Miyake Concrete Leadership Awardwinner Dean Yamashita. Photo: Melanie Agrabante








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


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.


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


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.


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

greater community.

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)

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 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

100th Battalion.

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.


Makawao Hongwanji Mission).



HouseMart Courage Award

NVMC Philanthropy Award

Joshua and Shauna Dukes are the

As chief executive officer of the


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.

Maui community.

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

and preschoolers.

HILT trail, and polished rails. They

agency of the students’ choice. The


presented the Weinberg Foundation


Melanie Agrabante


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


school on Saturdays. However, in 1981 as a teenager she


was able to travel to Japan with the Maui High School


band (she played the French horn) and established friendships on that trip that endure to this day.


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. 



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.


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



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 We thank all of our Heroes for what they have done to make


Maui “no ka oi.”




HAJI - Shame HOKORI - Pride MEIYO - Honor


GISEI - Sacrifice


OYAKAKOKO - Love of family


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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.



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

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


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

Hiroshi Shishido

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

Hiroshi Arisumi

David and Judith Fukuda

Dr. Peter Galpin

Howard and Pam Ikeda

Masato Tanaka Trust C/o Alvin A. Tanaka

Itsuyo Kusuda

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 Toyota

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.

Irene Nakagawa

Trevor Tokishi

in memory of Osamu Nakagawa,


100th Infantry Battalion Tomoko Ohata

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Frances Ort

Arisumi Brothers, Inc.

Steve and Sohny Strong

Gene and Beryl Bal

Barbara Tadakuma

Central Pacific Bank Foundation

James and Susanne Takamiya

Yeiko Endo

Elton and Sandra Wada

in memory of Victor I. Endo

Louis and Jean Wada

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation

in memory of Raymond K. Iwamoto,

Edwin Fujinaka

100th IFB

Goodfellow Brothers Inc. Glenn and Edean Goya Hale Mahaolu

Tokuji Yoshihashi in honor of 100th Infantry Battalion, Co. A

Takeo Ikeda


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

Lillian Miyagawa

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 Fukami

Kenneth Okimoto

Ronald and Kay Fukumoto

in Memory of Sue Arisumi

Howard Hanzawa

Yukio and Jane Okuda

Donna Howard

Nelson Okumura

Jonathan Starr and Helen Nielsen

Miki Rotman

Norine Kalaiwa‘a

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

Gail Ideue

Tokiaki and Patricia Toyama

Alfred Itamura

Uptown Service Inc.

K-Deck Canvas Corp

Ethel Uyehara and Douglas Keefe

Harold Kametani

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

Earl Takabayashi

Dale Kappenman

David Watanabe

Ralph and Thelma Takata

Donald and Mae Karimoto

Lucy Wong

Steven and Ileene Tanabe

Rene Yamafuji

Allan and Linda Tanaka

Lester Katahara

Shoji and Shizuyo Yamaguchi

Cora Tasaki

James and Nancy Killett

Henry and Betty Yamamoto

Mildred and Tokuo Tashiro

Masue Kimura

Henry and Betty Yamashiro

Marvin Tengan

Stella Kuwae

Yaemi Yogi

Agnes Terao-Guiala

Clara Matsumoto

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

Patrick Mitchell

Alvin and Michie Chee

Yukie H. Ueoka

Robert and Margaret Miyashiro

Carroll Correa

Valerie Hashimoto and Daniel Bender

Albert and Julie Morita

Jeanne Duberstein

Brian Moto

Jayne Hirata Epstein

Andrew Watanabe

Kaoru and Fujie Muraoka

Eric Fujii

Randall and Susan Wilson

Esther K. Nakamura

Grace Fujii

Elaine and Milton Yamashita

Harold and Masue Okumura

Jeffrey Fujioka

Lester Yano and Estelle Chun

Diane Orikasa

Tetsuo and Margaret Hamada

Teruo Ozai

Brandon and Joan Higashi


Patrick Jim and Beryl Jio

Heidi Hiraoka

Lynette Fujihara

Mark Hiyakumoto

Catherine Giamenelli

Charles and Jacqueline Probst

Janet Inamasu

Wendy Higa

Mildred Sakamoto

Donald and Faith Ito

Ken and Sandy Ichikawa

Lily Sanehira

Carl and Susan Izumi

Taeko Kawamitsu

Wallace and Sheila Izumigawa

Hiroyuki Matsumoto

Stanley T. Sato

Kenneth Kamada

James Mitchell

Service Rentals & Supplies, Inc.

Stanley and Harriet Kawamata

Ed and Elllen Nishimura

George Shimada

Evelyn Kaya

Charlotte Nomura

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shimomura

Karen Kikukawa

Mae M. Omuro

Michael Spalding

Vanessa A. Kina

Hugh Rochford

Leroy Sueno

Dennis Koyanagi

Eileen Taketa

Amelia Kurahara

Don Tayenaka

Tom and Krystene Lam

Brian Watanabe

Edward and Jacklyn Linn

John Wilson

Robert and Carol Suzuki

Lauren Markham

Harvey Yatogo

Richard Taguchi

M. Matsushita

Esther Yokoyama

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

Frances Takumi

Anthony Mori

Joan Tamori

Edmund Nishimura

Tanikai Inc.

Noriko Noguchi

Charmaine Tavares

Larry and Donna Reid

Harriet Tavares

Mark and Lois Sato

Deidre Tegarden

Susan Scofield

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)

DIVISION ($2,499 – $1,000)

PLATOON ($99 – $25)

REGIMENT ($999 – $500)

SQUAD ($24 and below)

BATTALION ($499 – $250)

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, or call (808) 244-6862 with any questions you may have.






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few hours a week? The NVMC is looking for a few individuals to help answer the phones, greet


visitors and help in the office. You can bring a friend to make it more

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enjoyable. To schedule a day, please call Melanie at 244-6862. Mon-Fri 12noon- 4pm.




Nisei Veterans Memorial Center P.O. Box 216 Kahului, HI 96733-6716





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.


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Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Spring 2017 Newsletter

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