December 10, 2017

US Department of the Interior starts investigation on Okinawan POWs sent to Hawai’i

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On December 8, 2017 (Japan Time) Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the United States Department of the Interior decided to interview seven former Okinawan POWs (prisoners of war) who were sent to Hawai’i after 1945.

(n.s.) 2017, December 8. “Moto Hawai horyo o Amerika Kokumusho ga chōsa / 元ハワイ捕虜を米内務省が調査 きょうから沖縄県内7人 = US Department of the Interior begins interviewing former Okinawan POWs sent to Hawai’i.” Ryukyu Shimpo. Retrieved from https://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-626937.html

Honouliuli Natioanl Monument

[Image source: https://www.nps.gov/hono/index.htm]

Those Okinawan POWs were sent to the Honouliuli internment camp, which is now certified as a national historic site in the United States.

In 2015 then United States President Barack Obama proclaimed the establishment of the Honouliuli National Monument.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/24/presidential-proclamation-establishment-honouliuli-national-monument

Cole, W. (2015, February 24). Obama signs Honouliuli monument proclamation. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved from http://www.staradvertiser.com/2015/02/24/breaking-news/obama-signs-honouliuli-monument-proclamation/

In June 2017, a memorial service was conducted in Hawai’i for 12 Okinawnas who died in Hawai’i.

Hurley, T. (2017, May 6). Okinawa delegation seeks closure for POWs. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved from http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/05/16/hawaii-news/okinawa-delegation-seeks-closure-for-pows/

Okinawa Prefectural Library is going to have an event in which 3 former POWs will talk their experiences in the camp in Hawai’i. The flyer is available in PDF below.

http://www.library.pref.okinawa.jp/UserFiles/File/kyoudo/events/1217Talkevent.pdf

Okinawa Prefectural Library complied a list of resources related to Okinawan POWs in Hawai’i.

(The resources are written in Japanese.)

On October 18, 2017, Okinawa Prefectural Library had an exhibit of the Okinawa POWs. Ryukyu Asahi Hoso has a video clip in which a song PW-bushi (PW節) was being played.

ハワイ沖縄捕虜と移民の企画展

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University of Hawai’i news featured a publication on the Honouliuli published from the University of Hawai’i Press.

(2014, July 18). Breaking the Silence explores Honouliuli history. University of Hawai’i News. http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2014/07/18/breaking-the-silence-explores-honouliuli-history/

 

Falgout, S., &  Nishigaya, L., eds., Breaking the silence : lessons of democracy and social justice from the World War II Honouliuli internment and POW camp in Hawaiʻi. (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi : Department of Sociology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ; Distributed by University of HawaiʻI Press, 2014).