Special Feature Film
The Untold Story:
Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i
While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction, and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon, and Washington is well documented, very little is known about the Hawai‘i internees and their unique experience during World War II. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle the untold story in Hawai‘i's history.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Kaua‘i CC Performing Arts Center
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
General Admission: $10
Tickets may be purchase at
Times Supermarket Lihue Store
and all Big Save Markets
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) President and Executive Director Carole Hayashino and Staff Associate Betsy Young will be in attendance at this screening.
Flyer (Adobe pdf)
Click the "Read more" link below to learn more about the events that inspired this film.
The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i, produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the first full-length documentary to chronicle the internment experience of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i is being presented on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m., at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center (3-1901 Kaumualii Highway).
Shortly after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i authorities arrested several hundred local Japanese on O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kaua‘i. Within 48 hours those arrested included: Buddhist priests, Japanese language school officials, newspaper editors, business, and community leaders. In total, over 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained and interned at 13 different confinement sites located in Hawai‘i. There was no evidence of espionage or sabotage and no charges were ever filed against them. This film chronicles their story through oral histories, documents, interviews, and reenactments.
“The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i is extremely pleased to present The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaiʻi, said Carole Hayashino, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. “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.”
Hayashino, Betsy Young, and Lloyd Nakamura from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will be attending the film showing to discuss the continuing efforts to preserve Hawaiʻi’s confinement sites.
The film was made possible through a lead grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program National Park Service and matching funds provided by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Island Insurance Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the Japanese American Citizens League - Honolulu Chapter.
The Untold Story is based upon work assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
General Admission is $10.00. Tickets may be purchased at Times Supermarket Lihue Store and all Big Save Markets.
For more information, please contact the center at (808) 945-7633 or email email@example.com.
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization based in Honolulu, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.jcch.com.