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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit


The photographic exhibit covers the initial immigration of the Issei (first generation immigrants) from Japan in the late 1800s to modern day Hawai’i, showing how the Nikkei (overseas Japanese) in Hawai’i have merged their Japanese cultural values with the blend of cultures in Hawai’i.

At the core of the exhibit is the story of the Nisei (second generation) who served in the US armed forces in World War II. The exhibit also depicts the post war accomplishments of the Nisei in Hawai’i. Prominent Japanese Americans from Hawai’i are displayed along with the prefectures in Japan that their ancestors emigrated from.

The intent of the exhibit is to educate people on the story of Hawaii’s Nikkei and to promote goodwill and cross-cultural values between Japan and the United States.

In 2017, the exhibit successfully toured the following cities in Japan: Yokohama, Tokyo, Fukushima, and Hiroshima. In 2018, the exhibit is scheduled to be shown in Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagaoka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Okinawa and Kumamoto. It will also be shown throughout the State of Hawaii including Kahului, Maui, Lihue, Kauai, Kona and Hilo, Hawaii.

In celebration of Gannenmono, the 150th anniversary celebration of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i, the NVL and the Consul General of Japan in Honolulu plan to display the exhibit throughout the Islands.


Below are the Nikkei stories depicted in chronological order: