World War II Nisei exhibit tours Hawaii
Updated On: Mar 24 2014 11:22:06 PM HST
For the first time a world-famous exhibit chronicles the story of the Nisei of World War II has arrived in Hawaii.
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The traveling "Go for Broke" exhibit first opened at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. on September 17, 1987; 200 years to the day after the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Since then, the story of 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service has toured through 50 locations and four state capitols.
In 1945, Herbert Yanamura was a World War II soldier and Japanese translator during the Battle of Okinawa. It was his surrender appeal that rang out during a cease fire saving hundreds of lives.
To this day survivors are still thanking him, including one encounter last year.
"Her mother was 10 years old back in 1945 and she's 70, 80 years old now and she remembers the call that I was making over the microphone," said Yanamura. "We were so thrilled that our efforts paid off that so many were saved."
The exhibit will be on display in Hawaii through Mid-June.
It runs at the Hawaii State Capitol through Wednesday and then moves to UH West Oahu, Honolulu Hale, and then the Maui Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.
Check back later for a glimpse at the exhibit.
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