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


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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