Aloha from Kaua'i!
Just thought folks would be interested to know that there is a brand new (it opened last week) exhibit at the Kaua'i Museum - since I did a tour there on Tuesday, I thought I'd share this info.
It is about Kaua'i during WWII - specifically the experiences of the Japanese Americans here during the war - I learned so much - in fact the gentleman I was sharing the tour with - Uncle Roy Miyake - was one of the creators of the exhibit - he was around at that time and his Japanese American ohana was affected by it, as were all Japanese Americans.
I think what I find so fascinating about it is that most folks know about the way Japanese Americans were treated on the mainland - here it was somewhat different as 36% of our population on Kaua'i was Japanese - if they interned all Japanese Americans, the island would have shut down, so although their loyalty was suspect by the authorities and great restrictions were placed upon them (all Japanese language schools shut down, all Shinto missions shut down, no Japanese language newspapers, no correspondence in Japanese, some priests, teachers, etc. put in internment camps) - they did get very involved in things like the Kaua'i Morale Committee which specifically worked to find things the Japanese American community could do to show their loyalty to the authorities.
There was even a place called "The Stockade" up in the forest reserve area of Kalaheo that the arrested internees were put into for various periods of time.
Anywho - just thought I'd mention it as I found it fascinating since it dealt specifically with Kaua'i during the war.
It also has information on the infamous "Ni'ihau Incident" in which a pilot who was coming back from the Pearl Harbor bombing crash landed on Ni'ihau and was killed after conspiring with a Nissei (American Born Japanese) to escape - one of the Kanahele ohana ended up killing him. Fascinating and little known chapter in WWII history - Ni'ihau didn't even know that Pearl Harbor had happened!
Okay - enough history for the day, but definitely worth a visit if you are on island!