‘Hawai‘i Internees’ Story’ exhibit to open

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will be hosting its second visiting exhibition of the year, “The Hawai‘i Internees’ Story,” from November 6 to December 13 in the Education Center.

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‘For the Sake of Our Freedom’ fundraiser theme

Vincent Okamoto will keynote our 11th annual Nisei Veterans Memorial Center fundraising dinner on November 8. Okamoto earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was the fourth Japanese American to be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, and the first since World War II.

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In remembrance of STAN IZUMIGAWA

Stanley Izumigawa unveils the plaque with 101 names of Maui soldiers who were killed in action in Europe during World War II. The plaque was unveiled at the April 13, 2013, grand opening of the Education Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

As a 100th Infantry Battalion soldier and a participant in Nisei veterans activities on Maui, Stanley Izumigawa was not an “original.” He was a replacement for the 100th — part of the group that arrived in Europe between the battles at Monte Cassino and Anzio in Italy in the spring of 1944.

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‘Go For Broke’ exhibit draws crowd, praise

"“This is a wonderful exhibit that reminds us all of the bravery and courage of our young Nisei men of Hawaii and the Mainland.”

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Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, guided by the values of Japanese-American veterans of World War II and inspired by their valor, will perpetuate the legacy of these Nisei veterans by nurturing the community's youth, supporting care and respect for the community's elderly and promoting an understanding about the history, values and culture of Japanese-American soldiers which contributed to their heroic military accomplishments as well as their continued contributions to the community and nation.

Upcoming Events

November 2 —Holiday Fair 2014, sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of Nisei Veterans, War Memorial Gymnasium, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information about the annual craft and gift fair, call Janice Toyama, 281-7196.

November 6-December 13 —
“The Hawai‘i Internees’ Story,”

noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed on Thanksgiving Day), Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Education Center. Two Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii displays on internment camps in Hawaii, supplemented by stories and memorabilia about Maui camps and internees. Free admission. For information, call David Fukuda, 878-1354, or contact the NVMC office by telephone, 244-NVMC (6862), or email, info@nvmc.org.

November 8 — “For the Sake of Our Freedom,” 11th Annual Nisei Veterans Memorial Center fundraising dinner; Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom; 5 p.m., no-host cocktails and silent auction, 6 p.m., dinner and program. To buy tickets or for more information, contact the NVMC office, telephone 244-NVMC (6862) or email info@nvmc.org. RSVP October 22.

November 11 — Veterans Day observance, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Education Center, noon to 4 p.m. Public invited to view “The Hawai‘i Internees’ Story” exhibit. For information, contact the NVMC office, telephone 244-NVMC (6862) or email info@nvmc.org.

December 6 — 62nd annual Chrysanthemum Festival, 4:30 p.m., Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans. For information about the event, including how to support contestants for queen of the festival, call Leonard Oka, 249-2163 or 385-7670.