Club 100 veterans in 1947 on Maui when the Reverend Israel Yost, Battalion Chaplain, paid a post-war visit to the Valley Isle.

Events at NVMC


Governor George Ariyoshi will kick-off the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center's (NVMC) new "Leadership Series" on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Kahili Golf Course Nahele Ballroom. The event is $35.00 per person and includes heavy pupu. Call 244-6862 or click below to purchase tickets.

The Honorable George Ariyoshi served as the state's third Governor. He was the first Asian American to be elected governor of a state in the U.S and holds the record as the longest-serving governor in Hawaii (1974-1986). As WWII drew to a close, Ariyoshi served as an interpreter in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Governor Ariyoshi will be speaking on leadership and the Nisei values that continue to be relevant in today's world.

"The mission of the NVMC is to inspire people to find the Hero in themselves and I cannot think of a better person to kick-off this series than Governor Ariyoshi. From being born to immigrant parents, to his time as an interpreter in the MIS during WWII, to leading our state, his journey is an inspiring one" said Deidre Tegarden, Executive Director of the NVMC.

The NVMC Leadership Series will feature guest speakers throughout 2018.

  Eventbrite - NVMC Leadership Series: Governor George Ariyoshi

For more information contact: Deidre Tegarden, Executive Director Office: 808/ 244-6862 Cell: 808/ 276-5756

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Due to popular demand, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) is offering a second screening of the mini-documentary, "Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Maui County" on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 3:30pm at the Maui Adult Day Care Center hall located on the NVMC campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 244-6862 to reserve your seat.

Released in 2018, this twenty-five minute documentary, written and directed by Ryan Kawamoto and Produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i features the stories of Shigeji Terada, Seiichi Ohata and Rev. Tadao Kouchi of Maui County and will share updated information on the Maui confinement sites.

Synopsis: While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII has been well documented on the U.S. Mainland, new information about the sites and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i who endured this dark chapter of history. "Voices Behind Barbed Wire," explores the personal stories of Japanese Americans of Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i, from their initial detention to their transfer & interrogation in O‘ahu, and their incarceration in far away places like New Mexico, Arkansas and Arizona. The film also focuses on the modern day relevance of civil liberties and takes an archeological journey through the former WW II prison sites on Maui County.

A Q&A with the producer will follow the screening.

Guests will be able to visit the NVMC exhibit Internment: Stories from Maui after the movie.

NVMC's mission is to ignite the potential in people by inspiring them to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center presents "Internment: Stories from Maui" Exhibit

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) shows "Internment: Stories from Maui". The exhibit will be open to the public December 29, 2017 to February 23, 2018, Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans to camps in the United States. Approximately 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were interned.

Japanese-Americans in Hawai`i were already being arrested prior to Executive Order 9066. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. military personnel began rounding up Japanese residents in Hawai`i whom they perceived as being influential in the community. Those detained included businessmen, priests, Japanese language school teachers and professionals. Mauians including Teiichiro Maehara, Kiyoji Hotta and Shigeru Murakami were interned in camps on the mainland while their sons, serving in the U.S. Army, lost their lives on the battlefields in Italy. The exhibit will feature personal stories, photographs and information on the two locations on Maui which served as detention centers.

For more information contact:
Deidre Tegarden
Executive Director
Nisei Veterans Memorial Center
PO Box 216, Kahului, HI 96733
Tel: 808-244-6862

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442nd Regimental Combat Team: A Tribute and Journey of Maui Internment Camps

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OSD - Battle of Belvedere

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National Order of the Legion of Honor Inductees

For their contributions in freeing the French people from German occupation during WorldWar II, they were recently awarded France’shighest order of merit.

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NVMC Mission

The NVMC ignites human potential by inspiring people to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.

We're located on Go For Broke Place off of Kahului Beach Road in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. 
PO Box 216
Kahului, HI 96733-6716
PHONE: (808) 244-6862

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