The NVMC 13th Annual Dinner, “Find the Hero in Yourself,” culminated in the presentation of Leadership, Courage, and Philanthropy Awards.

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Film to Share Story of Maui Internment Camps

Film director Ryan Kawamoto of Honolulu-based Kinetic Productions Inc. spent a day on Maui last October interviewing two Maui residents whose fathers were incarcerated during World War II.

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James Kaleikapu Kaholokula

The life of hero James Kaleikapu Kaholokula, from Paia, through the "Battle of the Lost Battalion" in the Vosges Mountains of France, to award-winning musician, as shared by his grandson Baron Kaholokula.

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"Living History" projects presented by Kamehameha Schools Maui

Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui presented their “Living History” projects at a gathering of the 100th Infantry Battalion, Maui Chapter, held in January at the NVMC.

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

One Puka-Puka:
The Purple Heart Battalion

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) announces their summer exhibit, "One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion". The exhibit will be open to the public from June 12, 2017 – August, 26, 2017, Monday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was formed six months following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The Battalion was comprised almost entirely of Nisei (second generation Japanese) from Hawaii, who were members of the 298th and 299th National Guard units and it was the first group of Japanese Americans to see combat in WWII.

They were in combat for 20 months, from September 29 1943 until Germany surrendered on May 2, 1945. The battalion was awarded three Presidential Unit Citations. The 3,147 soldiers who served in the battalion earned 4,340individual medals and awards, including 1,703 Purple Heart medals (awarded to those wounded or killed in U.S. military service).

The 100th Infantry Battalion's (Separate) combat record in Italy not only earned them the appellation of "Purple Heart Battalion”, but helped change the minds of military and political leaders who had initially banned the enlistment of Japanese Americans, thus paving the way for the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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.

For more information contact:
Deidre Tegarden
Office: 808/ 244-6862
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