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Dark Clouds Over Paradise: the Hawai'i Internees Story Exhibit
The experience of the little-known and unjust internment of Hawai'i residents of Japanese ancestry during World War II is revealed in the exhibition, Dark Clouds Over Paradise; The Hawai'i Internees Story which will be at the Pacific Tsunami Museum from September 16th to December 27, 2006.

Photo of the Sand Island Internment Camp
sand island internment camp

display wall
Debuted in 2004 at the JCCH Community Gallery, Dark Clouds sheds light on this period in Hawai'i history when, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, about 1,400 Hawai'i residents of Japanese ancestry were plucked from the community and forced into makeshift camps throughout the territory.

Photo of the exhibit display

Untying the maile lei to open the exhibit. Pictured from left to right: Mr. Jim Wilson, Pacific Tsunami Museum Board President, Mr. James Yoshida, representing Hilo Nihonjin Gakko of Hilo, Rev. Shinryu Akita, of the Taishoji Soto Mission who gave the blessing, Mr. Hiroshi Suga representing the Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, Judge Riki Amano, President and Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
Opening Maile lei

Judge Riki Amano, Brian Niiya, Dr. Dennis Ogawa
The exhibit opened on September 16th with guest speaker Dr. Dennis Ogawa who shared the history of the Japanese American internment that occurred right here in the islands.

Photo of Judge Riki Amano, JCCH Resource Center Director Brian Niiya, Dr. Dennis Ogawa

Dark Clouds sheds light on a dark period in history when, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, about 1,400 Hawai'i residents were plucked from the community and forced into makeshift camps throughout the territory of Hawai'i.

In tandem with this exhibit, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i offered a special workshop for high school teachers and librarians given at the Pacific Tsunami Museum on Saturday October 7th, 2006. Read more about the Discovery Box, and check for availability.


Photo of relatives of Hawai'i WWII internees with Judge Riki Amano
Internees

A follow up presentation was held on Saturday, November 11th when Dr. George Tanabe spoke on the impact of Buddhist priests in the community being interned. The title of his talk was "Supporting the Enemy: Why Buddhist Priests Were Interned During WWII".

Director Donna Saiki and Dr. George Tanabe
Dr. Tanabe is a retired Professor of Religion from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. His talk examined the cultural loyalties of Japanese American Buddhists in Hawai'i during WWII.



Photo of Pacific Tsunami Museum Director Donna Saiki and Dr. George Tanabe

Your membership entitles you to free admission to the museum, so please plan on coming in to see this wonderful exhibit that the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i has on loan for these four short months.



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