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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.