There are several places around Oahu that describe the Japanese American experience here, but this one emphasizes the cultural transformation from being a Japanese person in America to being an American who has ancestors that came from Japan. With words and pictures it tells the story of the first immigrants, how their treatment and the immigration laws changed over time, and the part the Japanese Americans played in making it happen.
We were already familiar with the imprisonment of American citizens during WWII because they had Japanese ancestors, have visited the museums in Los Angeles, San Jose, and other places. This center added to it with little overlap. Anyone interested in Hawaii, immigration, or the Japanese culture will find this very interesting.
The center's store is worth a visit because they sell donated barely-used tea cups, rice bowls, and clothing at fabulously low prices. Spend enough and they validate your parking.
Everyone there was so pleasant and helpful, spending two hours there was easy.
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