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

Tickets Available — NVMC Leadership Series: Governor John Waihe‘e
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Governor John Waihe‘e will speak at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center's (NVMC) Leadership Series on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Kahili Golf Course Nahele Ballroom. The event is $35.00 per person and includes a buffet lunch. Call 244-6862 or email for tickets.

The Honorable John Waihe‘e served as the state's fourth Governor from 1986-1994. He was the first Native Hawaiian to be elected governor of a state in the U.S. Governor Waihe`e started his political career as a delegate to the 1978 Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention where he was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the adoption of the Hawaiian language as an official language of the state.

Governor Waihe‘e will be speaking on leadership and the values of aloha that continue to be relevant in today's world. The NVMC Leadership Series will feature guest speakers throughout 2018.

Movie Premiere, at Historic Iao Theater— Go for Broke: an Origins Story”
Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will premier Stacey Hayashi’s movie “Go for Broke: an Origins Story” on May 3, 6:30pm at the Historic Iao Theater. Tickets are $20 and $25 with an option for dinner, catered by Da Kitchen, and pre-movie cabaret show for $30. Call the Historic Iao Theater for tickets at 242-6969. The event is sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, Arisumi Brothers, Inc and Da Kitchen.

The movie features a star-studded, all-Japanese American cast mostly from Hawaii, and a local crew telling the tale of the start of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team of World War II--the most decorated unit in the history of the United States military for its size and time in combat.

The 442nd was made up of more than 14,000 Japanese American men who served with valor in the European theater. The motto of the battalion was “Go for Broke.”

Hayashi’s film, which was 16 years in the making and shot entirely in Hawaii at the actual locations at which the real events occurred, chronicles the remarkable story from its earliest beginnings, to their triumphant formation and deployment “aloha ceremony” at Iolani Palace before heading to basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

It stars Oscar-winner Chris Tashima, Peter Shinkoda (Netflix “Daredevil”), Cole Horibe (“So You think You Can Dance”), Ban Daisuke (“Kikaida”), and features a soundtrack by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who also makes his acting debut.

The film is also rich in historical detail: in a scene featuring future Olympic Coach Soichi Sakamoto, who founded the Three-Year Swim Club, Sakamoto is portrayed by his real life last protege, Reid Yamamoto. Even the film’s costuming reflects Hayashi’s commitment to history: Luka Masuda, the actor who portrays 442 veteran Eddie Yamasaki, wears Yamasaki’s original garrison cap .

Seating is limited. Call 242-6969 for your tickets today.

Exhibit: Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice — the Story of the 442nd

442 Exhibit

This year, 2018, marks the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was comprised of two distinct units: the 442nd RCT and the 100th Infantry Battalion. These two units were formed independently at different times but their history is intertwined.

On January 28, 1943, the War Department announced that it was forming an all-Nisei combat team and called for 1,500 volunteers from Hawaii. An overwhelming 10,000 men volunteered of which 2,686 were selected. They joined with the 1,182 Japanese-American recruits who volunteered from the continental United States, many from behind the barbed wire of internment camps.

The 442nd RCT was activated on February 1, 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi where they trained until leaving for Italy on April 22, 1944. The men saw their first day in combat on June 26, 1944. By this date the 100th IFB had already been in the Mediterranean Theater for over nine months and had been involved in many significant battles including the Battle of Monte Cassino.

After the two units merged, the 442nd RCT and the 100th IFB formed a single infantry regiment with a single history. Together, they became the most decorated unit of its size and length of service in the history of the United States Army.

The NVMC exhibit, "Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice — the Story of the 442nd," runs March 26, 2018 — August 24, 2018 and will include memorabilia from Maui's Nisei WWII veterans who served in the 442nd RCT.

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

Interview with Julie Checkoway

Best-selling author of the acclaimed “The Three-Year Swim Club” will be keynote speaker at NVMC Annual Dinner. Photo: Pachi Tsukano, original member ofthe 3YSC, in 2008, shows Checkoway what he ate for breakfast back in the day at Camp 5.

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

Baldwin High School students win multiple awards in the District, State and National levels at the 2017 National History Day Competition.

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OSD - Battle of Belvedere

The battle that brought the men internationalfame (Combat Chaplain, Yost, p. 178) was theBattle 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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