“The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i” (2012, 57 min.) by Ryan Kawamoto. Within 48 hours of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i authorities arrested several hundred local Japanese in O’ahu, Maui, Hawai’i and Kaua’i. They were Buddhist priests, Japanese language school officials, newspaper editors, business, and community leaders. Within a few months more than 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained and incarcerated at 13 different confinement sites in Hawai’i and later sent to the Department of Justice and War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps on the continental U.S.
For years, it had been common knowledge that Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the West Coast during World War II. But what about in Hawai‘i, where those of Japanese descent made a significant portion of the population? Until recently, theirs had been an untold story.