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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Opens in Kona


Opening ceremony for the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit showing in Kona was held on November 1, 2019.

2018 Joint Memorial Service


The 13th annual Joint Memorial Service sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy (NVL) was held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Attendees at this event included veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd RCT and the Military Intelligence Service, Gov. David Ige, ADM Philip Davidson (Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command), Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Consul General Koichi Ito.

Coffman's Keynote Speech at the JMS



Tom Coffman delivered the keynote speech at the 2018 Joint Memorial Service. His work in book and documentary film is about the social and political development of Hawaii in context of the Pacific Rim. He was chief political reporter of the Honolulu Star Bulletin (1968-73) and thereafter an independent writer and producer. Coffman's Catch a Wave, about contemporary Hawaii politics, sold out five thousand copies in a week and went through five printings...

Japan Foreign Minister Kono Meets NVL


University of Hawaii West Oahu Library, Kapolei

Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono participated in two activities with the Nisei Veterans Legacy on August 22, 2018, during his short visit to Hawaii.

2018 Joint Memorial Service


The 13th Annual Joint Memorial Service (JMS), honoring Japanese American Soldiers in World War II, will be held at 9:30 am on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  The theme for this celebration is: “Remembering their sacrifice by challenging ourselves.”  Tom Coffman, author of books on the history and political development of Hawai’i, will be our keynote speaker.

Telling the Nisei Soldier Story



June 26, 2018   U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Honolulu

The US Coast Guard District 14 invited the NVL to speak about the WWII Nisei soldier story as part of its leadership and diversity initiative.  Lynn Heirakuji, VP and Board Member, gave a presentation at an All Hands meeting on June 26, 2018, to a mostly military member audience.  For many, it was their first time to hear about the Nisei soldiers.  Lynn’s presentation covered the initial immigration of Japanese...

JCCH Gala Honors NVL



The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) held its annual fundraising gala event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on June 16, 2018. Over 900 friends of the JCCH attended and were treated to a