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ColinC

(8,552 posts)
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 02:42 PM Jun 10

Hawaiian Japanese Americans in World War 2

Hey guys. I am posting with a question that I hope somebody could have some insight on:

I am of Japanese American descent and grew up with stories from my grandmother who grew up in Hawaii during world war 2. When she was a child, it is said that she had soldiers come into her home and confiscate anything that was perceived as pertaining to the emperor of Japan. However, outside of some incidents of internment in Hawaii, I was unable to find much information that documented policies and occurrences such as what my grandmother went through.

Any insight or resources would be helpful!

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YoshidaYui

(41,982 posts)
1. I am half Japanese and Half Hawaiian native
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 04:55 PM
Jun 10

I was told that during internment our family was left alone do to fact we were Hawaiian and The US military were using Hawaii and it would look badly if the US Government were locking up Native Hawaiians who were letting them use Hawaii as a base even if they were half Japanese. So during the War we were considered Hawaiian

ColinC

(8,552 posts)
2. I feel like that was how it was for a lot of people. I don't know if my grandmother was able to
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 05:30 PM
Jun 10

Be considered native Hawaiian despite her family having been there a few generations.

When googling this information, I came across information such as the Honoliuli internment camp and stories of some people being detained due to their race. Like the majority of those in Hawaii, my grandmother or her family was also not detained.

However, my grandmother said that soldiers (or agents, I don’t know which) came into their home and confiscated any items they thought had to do with the emperor. I think I remember a scene from a movie that resembled that scenario in the 1990 film “come see the paradise” but haven’t had any confirmation that this was a widespread policy. It’s killing me cause I don’t want this information to be forgotten but as far as I can tell, it doesn’t even exist in any official record :/

Come See the Paradise https://g.co/kgs/DSMiZuE

https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/historyculture/japanese-detention.htm

https://www.hawaiiinternment.org/untold-story/untold-story#:~:text=The%20Honouliuli%20internment%20camp%20opened,detained%20by%20the%20U.S.%20government.

YoshidaYui

(41,982 posts)
3. Yes there we internment camps in Hawaii
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 05:51 PM
Jun 10

But no Hawaiians were held even if they were half Japanese- as for entering houses I had heard that also.

I was born in San Francisco so I have never been to Hawaii - My parents left Hawaii for some unknown reason (Parents refused to discuss it) Now they live in Las Vegas and I am still in San Francisco. We don’t talk now So obtaining further information is never going to happen.

ColinC

(8,552 posts)
4. Yeah my grandmother didn't really discuss it much either. My mom told me what she knew but it was never from the sourc...
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 05:53 PM
Jun 10

I really really appreciate your confirming this :that you heard they would enter people’s homes. I will continue looking into this and share with you anything I find (if you are interested).

HappyLarge

(5 posts)
6. It was impractical to intern all the Japanese Americans in Hawaii.
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 11:23 PM
Jun 10

They mostly just interned the community leaders and such. The regular people were harassed by not usually taken away.

ColinC

(8,552 posts)
7. Personal property being stolen by the government was apparently the experience of my family
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 11:34 PM
Jun 10

But I don’t know a lot about it

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