Nisei veterans center exhibit run extended to March 16

The Maui News

A high volume of nearly 800 visitors has prompted the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center to extend its exhibit “Internment: Stories from Maui” about three weeks to March 16.

Exhibit hours are from noon to 4 p.m. at the center, located on Go For Broke Place off Kahului Beach Road.

Approximately 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were interned after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order on Feb. 19, 1942, authorizing the internment of Japanese-, German- and Italian-Americans in camps in the United States, following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

Even before Roosevelt’s executive order, Japanese-Americans in Hawaii were being arrested when U.S. military personnel began rounding up Japanese residents believed to be influential in the community. The detainees included businessmen, priests, Japanese language school teachers and professionals.

Mauians including Teiichiro Maehara, Kiyoji Hotta and Shigeru Murakami were interned in camps on the Mainland while their sons, serving in the U.S. Army, lost their lives on the battlefields in Italy, according to an announcement of the exhibit’s extension.

Launched on Dec. 29, the exhibit features personal stories, photographs and information on detention centers in Wailuku and Haiku. As of Tuesday, the exhibit had drawn 780 visitors, according to center Executive Director Deidre Tegarden.

For more information, call the center at 244-6862 or send email to deidre@nvmc.org.

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