The Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, in the town of Nishiyashiro, Yamaguchi Prefecture, first opened on February 8, 1999, to coincide with the anniversary of the arrival of the first boatload of Japanese "government-contracted" emigrants to Hawaii.
"The development of the Okinawan community in Hawai`i is chronicled in articles and essays. Highlighted are life history narratives based on oral history interviews with first-generation Okinawans. Published by COH in cooperation with the United Okinawan Association of Hawai`i. Distributed by the University of Hawai`i Press. December 1981, 632 pages, photographs."
"The changing lifestyles of Kona (at one time the largest community in Hawai`i outside of the sugar plantation system, and the only area in the United States to grow coffee commercially for over 100 years) are documented. June 1981, 1727 pages, 2 volumes, photographs. Slide/tape show on videotape available."
"An author also known as Kenpu Kawazoe, his collection shows a deep concern for and interest in the lives of Japanese and Japanese Americans. The scrapbooks document political and cultural events in Hawaii and Japan, as well as issues between Japan and Hawai`i. Articles and advertisements detail life in the Hawai`i Japanese community."
"The arrival of Dr. Romanzo Adams in 1920 marked the beginning of the academic study of sociology in Hawai`i. Dr. Adams encouraged his students to consider Hawai`i as a laboratory, a location in which to observe and learn; the research covered over forty years of social history in Hawai`i and the primary focus of the research program of RASRL has always been race relations. Since race relations is a factor in all facets of society, the RASRL research program has addressed many related topics: population, cultural conflict, the impact of the war on territorial Hawai`i society, industrial relations, the changing family, and social disorganization. The records of RASRL cover the years 1922 through 1966."
This web site is the result of collaboration between the University of Hawaii and Hawaii nisei veterans. It focuses on the experiences of Hawaii's Americans of Japanese Ancestry, from the early decades of the 20th century, through World War II, the postwar era, and the present. It was decided that Thomas H. Hamilton Library would collect, store, and catalog official papers, letters, photographs, and other materials relating to the veterans’ World War II experiences. To document and place these wartime experiences in socio-historical context, the University of Hawaii would record, process, and make available to the public, life history interviews with Hawaii nisei veterans and selected spouses. This web site features: synopses of each life history interview, video clips, transcript excerpts, and supplemental material. Scholars and researchers wishing to review the question-and-answer exchanges in the interviews may access the full transcripts, available in PDF format on this site. Links to related sites and sources are also available.