September 14, 2018

2018 Legacy Award by Hawaii United Okinawa Association

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is going to host its annual Legacy Award ceremony on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Hawaii United Okinawa Association 2018 Legacy Award

This year’s award recipients include Thomas Tarō Higa (比嘉太郎), who was “a 100th Infantry Battalion veteran who conducted a lecture tour between June 1944 and January 1945 under the sponsorship of the War Relocation Authority (WRA), the Department of the U.S. Army, and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to combat rumors that Japanese American soldiers were being used as human shields.”

“Thomas Taro Higa.” Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Another recipient is Dr. Satoru Izutsu, retired Vice Dean of JABSOM (John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i). Dr. Izutsu is “a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, University of Hawai‘i, Columbia University, and Case-Western Reserve. Dr. Izutsu is a licensed Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Nursing Home Administrator.”

In January 2018, Dr. Izutsu received a medal, “Order of the Rising Sun” from the government of Japan for leading the University of Hawai’i aid to Okinawa.

“Dr. Satoru Izutsu receives ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ from Japan government for leading UH aid to Okinawa,” UH Med Now, January 18, 2018,

Related information:

  • Maeshiro, M., Izutsu, S., & Connolly, K. (2014). Medical school hotline: A History of the University of Hawai’i Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, 1966-2012. Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: A Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health, 73(6), 191-194.
  • “$700,000 Funds Professorship Honoring Dr. Satoru Izutsu,” UH Foundation News, January 31, 2018,


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  • Phone: 808-675-5400

March 9, 2018

MIS Talk and Presentation Event held at Hamilton Library

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On March 7, 2018, Dr. Shinye Gima and Mr. Mark Matsunaga made separate presentations under the event titled “The Pacific War as seen by the Nisei soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service: (a) the Battle of Okinawa: a personal account & (b) the context.

The event started with a warm welcome by Prof. Masato Ishida at the  University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, who is also Director of the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS). Dr. Gima’s personal account of his experiences as a Nisei Military Intelligence Service (MIS) soldier followed. Dr. Gima, who was born in 1925 in Ewa, O‘ahu, but grew up in Maui, fought as a Nisei soldier with an American Japanese Ancestry (AJA) during the Pacific War. His brother, Noboru, who was born in Hawai‘i was in Okinawa when the war broke out. He was forced to fight against the Allied Forces as a member of Tekketsu kinnōtai (鉄血勤皇隊 = “Iron and Blood Troops of Loyal Followers of the Japanese Emperor”).

(Above Dr. Shinye Gima)

Mr. Mark Matsunaga

(Above Mr. Mark Matsunaga)

MIS event

(Fron the Right to Left: Professor Masato Ishida, COS Director; Dr. Shinye Gima; Mr. Albert Katsuyama; Mr. Mark Matsunaga; Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian)

MIS Related Resources [selected] (Citation in APA style)

  • Swift, David W. (2008). First class: Nisei linguists in World War II: origins of the Military Intelligence Service Language Program. San Francisco, Calif. : National Japanese American Historical Society.
  • McNaughton, James C. (2006). Nisei linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Washington, DC: Department of the Army.
  • The University of Colorado at Boulder’s US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School Archival Project (JSLP)