Hawaii Community FCU presents “Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit” in November

Posted by Laurie Okawa-Moore
on "October 25, 2018 3:00 pm"

International Photo Exhibit Covers the History of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii.

hicomfculogoThe history of Hawaii starts with the story of its people and their individual journeys to the islands. In the late 1800s when the pineapple and sugar crops were thriving, more than 180,000 Japanese contract laborers came to the islands to improve their lives and unknowingly enhanced the culture of the region. The story of these “Nikkei” — Japanese immigrants and their descendants — will be shared with the public through the “Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit,” a traveling international photo array featuring more than 150 pictures highlighting Hawaii’s Japanese immigration. The exhibit covers the 1885 immigration of Issei (first generation immigrants) up to modern day Hawaii. The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit will be hosted and presented by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) at its Kaloko facility in the John Y. Iwane Credit Union Center Training Room (73-5611 Olowalu St., Kailua Kona). It opens to the public on Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 am and closes Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm. It’s closed for Veteran’s Day (November 12) and Thanksgiving Day (November 22). The community may visit the exhibit Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

NikkeiLogo“Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union’s founding fathers were Nisei, or second-generation U.S.-born Japanese men; their legacy is just one important example of the impact of immigrants in Hawaii,” said Tricia Buskirk, HCFCU’s President and CEO. “We are so honored to host this special presentation and we invite the community to visit it again and again.”

The exhibit includes photos of prominent Japanese Americans from Hawaii along with the prefectures in Japan from which their ancestors immigrated. Its intent is to educate people about Hawaii’s Nikkei, and to promote a deeper understanding of the cross-cultural values and customs between Japan and Hawaii.

HCFCU is also planning free, complementary events on November 3rd and 10th that will further showcase the melding of Japanese-Hawaiian cultures, such as cooking demonstrations, calligraphy, origami, bonsai, and more. Visit www.hicommfcu.com/nikkei throughout the month to stay updated on activities.