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Kaiser High School Honors the Nisei Veterans


In conjunction with Jayna Omaye of the Honolulu Magazine and the NVL, Kaiser High School students held a special history program to honor Hawaii’s Nisei Veterans on March 3, 2020.   The event was coordinated by Teacher Lory Dillon and conducted entirely by students including JROTC cadets.  Lynn Heirakuji opened the event by providing an overview of the Army units in which the Nisei Soldiers served during WWII. Veterans Shinye Gima, MIS, and Kenji Ego, 442nd RCT, spoke passionately about their experiences in the war and after the war, and fielded several insightful questions from...

MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii holds its Annual Shinnenkai


The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual 2020 Shinnenkai at the Natsunoya Teahouse on January 26, 2020.  Incoming MIS President, Dr. Shinye Gima, MIS Veteran, invited Lynn Heirakuji, incoming President of the NVL, to speak about her career in Washington, DC.  Dr. Gima presented outgoing MIS President Larry Enomoto with an appreciation plaque for his many years of dedicated support. The event which was attended by seven MIS Veterans and many descendants also included the administering of the oath of office to the...

100th Combat Chaplain Israel Yost


The 100th Bn Veterans Club has arranged for a historic first-person interpretation presentation of the100th Battalion Combat Chaplain Israel Yost. The presentation will occur this Saturday at 10:00 am. This is a no charge event.

Please RSVP to Ann Kabasawa at  


2019 JMS Keynote Speech


Hundreds gathered at The National Cemetery of the Pacific for the 14th annual Joint Memorial Service honoring the AJA soldiers of World War II.

From left: Shinye Gima (MIS), Yoshiko and 442nd RCT veteran Robert Kishinami, Flint Yonashiro (442nd RCT), Kenji Ego (442nd RCT), Roy Fujii (442nd RCT), Mitsuo Honda (442nd RCT), Richard Murashige (442nd RCT), former Gov. George Ariyoshi, (MIS), Masaharu Saito (100th Btn.), Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS), Jack Nakamura (100th Btn.), Kazuto Shimizu (...

Nisei Veterans Joint Memorial Service


The 14th Annual Joint Memorial Service, which honors those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Inteligence, and 1399th Engineering Battalion during World War II will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The public is welcome to attend.



Undying Devotion


Undying Devotion is a video created by 15 year old Mathew Oh, son of COL (USA) Paul and Sarah Oh, for the National History Day Contest. Matthew won 1st place in the State of Pennsylvania. He did the research and interviews; wrote and narrated the script; produced the graphics; arranged, played and recorded the music in the background.  An amazing piece of history on the Japanese internment and the Nisei who served in World War II. Mathew starts high school in the fall...

Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ) Recognizes NVL


On May 3, 2019 Hawaii Tourism Japan made a donation to the Nisei Veterans Legacy as part of their Aloha Program educational program. The donations are made to non-profit organizations in Hawaii involved with educational, cultural and sustainability efforts. NVL reps receiving the award were Byrnes Yamashita, Education Committee Chair (left) and Lynn Heirakuji, Vice President (second from left). HTJ Vice President Mitsue Varley is on the right....

National Go For Broke Day


Every year, April 5 is celebrated as National "Go For Broke" Day. The saying, which means “all in” or “wager everything” is the motto the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in US military history for its size and length of service.

HSLEA Golf Tournament


December 26, 2018    Pearl Country Club, Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association (HSLEA) sponsored a charity golf tournamnet to help support the mission of the Nisei Veterans Legacy.


The fun filled event ended with a dinner and awards ceremony. The NVL is very thankful for the donation received from the HSLEA and presented...

Presentation to the Rouren Group


Byrnes Yamashita made a presentation on the Nisei Soldiers to the Rouren Group from Japan at Natsunoya Teahouse on December 18, 2018. The Rouren Group are NHK staff members that are studying World War II. They also visited the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the 100th Infantry Battalion clubhouse during their visit.