Our Mission

The mission of the Nisei Veterans Legacy is to preserve, perpetuate and share the legacy of Americans of Japanese Ancestry (AJA) who served in the U.S. armed forces in World War II. These men primarily served in the:

We are committed to ensuring that future generations learn Hawaii’s story of the Nisei soldier legacy as we honor the AJA men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II.

We are committed to sharing their remarkable life stories, from plantation villages and internment camps to exemplary military service, and how they worked with many others to reshape the social, political and economic fabric of our Islands into the vibrant state it is today.


The 442nd Regimental Combat Team at Iolani Palace prior to departure for training camp (March, 1943). (Photo: Hawaii State Archives)

Nisei Veterans Legacy