The documentary "The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i," produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday at Iao Theater in Wailuku.
The documentary had its Maui debut earlier this year at a sold-out showing at Consolidated Theatres at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
Shortly after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Hawaii authorities arrested several hundred local Japanese on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii island and Kauai, a news release about the full-length documentary said. Within 48 hours, those arrested included Buddhist priests, Japanese language school officials, newspaper editors, business and community leaders.
In all, more than 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained and interned at 13 confinement sites in Hawaii. There was no evidence of espionage or sabotage, and no charges were ever filed against them.
The film chronicles their story through oral histories, documents, interviews and re-enactments.
"While people are familiar with places like Manzanar, Topaz and Tule Lake, few people are familiar with names of Honouliuli, Kalaheo Stockade or Kilauea Military Camp where Japanese Americans in Hawaii were imprisoned during World War II," said Carole Hayashino, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
Representatives from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i will be attending the film showing to discuss the continuing efforts to preserve Hawaii's confinement sites.
The project was funded by a lead grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program National Park Service, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, Island Insurance Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the Japanese American Citizens League - Honolulu Chapter.
Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tickets also may be ordered by phone at 242-6969 or online at www.mauionstage.com.