Message From a Daughter

Message From a Daughter
By Lily Ozaki Arasato

This is a story of my family’s trying experiences during World War II. We share it with you, as it is a human story that illuminates another unseen and unreported hardship caused by wars.

I am the youngest of four children of my parents, Otokichi and Hideko Ozaki. We lived in peaceful ‘Amauulu plantation camp near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Student Videos

Video clip: 2013 MPX10 Humanities Internment Unit Documentary

Mid-Pacific Institute 10th grade students explore the theme of social injustice through exploring the WWII internment of Japanese Americans through a Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i grant.

Sharing Stories

Barracks at Honouliuli Internment Camp,
ca. 1945-46.
Photograph by R. H. Lodge. JCCH/AR 19 Collection.

To further understand and preserve the history of the internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i, we would like to hear from those who lived through this complicated time and learn more about their experiences.

The Untold Story

Honouliuli overview, looking north.
Photograph by R. H. Lodge. JCCH/Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village Collection.

“Today, so many people take freedom and family for advantage. They don’t understand how important it is until it’s really gone.” — quote from student studying the internment.