Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit

Legacy of Nisei Soldiers

The accomplishments of the Nisei soldiers during World War II and their public and private achievements after the War were significant to the State of Hawaii and the United States:

Peace Advocates: As a longtime advocate for peace, Senator Spark Matsunaga lobbied for 22 years and persuaded the U.S. Congress to establish a U.S. Peace Institute in 1984.

Champions of Justice: Senators Spark Matsunaga and Daniel Inouye led the congressional effort to right the wrongs of the Japanese American Internment and to secure an apology from the U.S. Government. Along with the Japanese American Civil Liberties organization, their efforts led to the enactment of the U.S. Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Friends of Japan: Nisei veterans assisted with the rebuilding of Japan, changing the relationship between Japan and the U.S. from adversaries to allies. Former Governor George Ariyoshi continues to be a senior statesman between the two countries.

442nd Regimental Combat Team in formation after their famous battle to rescue the“Lost Battalion”(1944). Over 50% of their men were killed or wounded, proving their loyalty beyond all doubt.

The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution promotes cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. The Institute emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration to groom leaders to address contemporary and complex issues in Hawaii, the Asia Pacific region and the world (date unknown).

Nisei Veterans Legacy