During WWII 33,000 Japanese-Americans served in Europe, the Pacific and Asia. They were the children of our local families; they were young men, many of them friends who served and died together on the distant battlefields, while their parents and families were taken by the American government and interned here at home and on the mainland. Their sacrifices must be remembered.
The Nisei soldiers who served during WWII, and subsequently came home to Hawaii, adopted the motto of “Continuing Service”, making our state the very special place it is today. Their values – Honor, Responsibility, Service, Obligation, Gratitude, Loyalty and Duty – are as relevant today as they were 75+ years ago. This series “The Nisei Narrative” will invite guests to discuss their own personal stories, the impact they have had and what we as a collective society can learn from them.