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Hawaii’s Nisei Soldiers: Their Legacy Continues

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A virtual educational event, presented by the Nisei Veterans Legacy, with support from our generous sponsors:

AD2 International, Inc.
Fidelity National Title & Escrow of Hawaii Inc.
First Hawaiian Bank
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Island Insurance
Koga Engineering & Construction
Law Office of Jennifer R. Okubo Polido LLLC
Servco Foundation

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About This Program

The Japanese attack on Oahu in 1941 and the subsequent Presidential Executive Order 9066  forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans in Hawai’i and on the mainland. Despite the racial discrimination, Nisei (second generation Japanese) were determined to prove their loyalty by bravely entering the World War II battlefields in Europe and the Pacific Basin and to uphold the honor of their families. They went on to serve honorably and prove their loyalty to the United States beyond all doubt.

Now, about 80 years later, the specter of prejudice and inequity still haunts us. We see a rise in anti-Asian violence across America. The horrific past that seemed a distant memory has suddenly become painfully real.

Join us for a livestreamed program that celebrates the contributions of Nisei Soldiers, their ganbari spirit, and their lasting contributions after the war to help rebuild Japan and transform Hawai‘i into a more equitable society.

It is a show that serves as the intersection of history and culture, and of Hawai‘i and Japan. We’ve created a program for those of all ages and is designed to spur deeper reflection and action to ensure history does not repeat itself.

 

Our Speakers

The show is emceed by Steve Uyehara and Liz Chun and will feature:

  • Lynn Heirakuji, President, Nisei Veterans Legacy
  • Warren Haruki, CEO, Grove Farms
  • Jennifer Okubo Polido, estate planning attorney
  • Lory Dillon, teacher, St. Louis School
  • Kristen Nemoto Jay, writer
  • William Kaneko, attorney focusing on government and public affairs; past President of the Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League, and founder of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs; and
  • Geoff Sogi, attorney and President of the Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League

Collectively, their perspectives tell a poignant story and perpetuate the legacy of the Nisei Soldiers.

 

Mahalo to Our Major Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
First Hawaiian Bank
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Silver Sponsors
Island Insurance Foundation

Bronze Sponsors
AD2 International, Inc.
Fidelity National Title & Escrow of Hawaii Inc.
Koga Engineering & Construction
Law Office of Jennifer R. Okubo Polido LLC
Servco Foundation

 

Mahalo to Our Major Donors

Go For Broke Donors
Robbie and Cindy Alm
Lawrence Enomoto
In Memory of Walter Heirakuji
In Memory of Toshiyuki Hirai
Nathan Hokama
Wayne Lundy
Charles H. and Helen S. Moriyama
In Memory of Shigeru “Kelly” Nakamura
In Memory of Hideo Nimori
In Memory of William P. Wright, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion
Byrnes Yamashita

Ganbari (Persistence) Donor
In Memory of Buzzy T. Okazaki

Gaman (Quiet Endurance) Donors
Susan Acevedo
Kristin Alm Kamakahi
Anonymous
Wesley Deguchi
Shinye Gima
In Memory of Charles Igarashi
Todd and Jill Inouye
In Memory of Yoshiichi Matsuo
In Memory of Yoshiichi Matsuo
In Memory of Hideo Nimori
In Memory of Sadao Nishida
In Memory of Sadao Nishida
In Memory of George Oide
Sherman Shiraishi
Barry Yamashita

On (Gratitude) Donors
T-4 Gulstan N.T. Enomoto Sr.
In Memory of Yoshiaki Fujitani
In Memory of Masaru Fujiwara 442nd RCT
Lei Fukuhara
Patricia Godfrey
Sidney Hamada
In Memory of Sam Sazao Hironaka
Lauren Kagihara
Curtis Kunihiro
In Memory of Richard Sadao Murashige
Mark Nakagawa
In Memory of Roy Nakatani
Lorelei Nishiguchi
In Memory of George Kenichi Oide
Melanie Takahashi
Laughlin Tanaka
Janice Trubitt
In Memory of Harold Ueoka
In Memory of Victor Yamashita

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