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A Resilient Spirit: The stories, experiences, and legacy of Hawai’i’s WWII Detention Camp


Participants joined us for an incredible opportunity to learn about Honouliuli, Hawai’i’s largest and longest operating World War II internment center from Jane Kurahara, one of the key leaders in re-discovering and preserving this important site and Sandi Chang, granddaughter of internee Sam Nishimura. Our presenters introduced us to the history of Honouliuli, shared their personal connections to this site, and introduced us to artistic expressions of those imprisoned.

All participants were expected to view the following video in preparation to the program:

This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


August 5, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (PST)

This was a virtual program – instructions on how to join this meeting on Zoom will be sent the day before the event.

Program Leaders

Jane Kurahara, staff associate at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i.  Jane is a key player in finding and continuing to preserve Honouliuli. You can learn more about her work and her meeting with President Obama here.

Sandi Chang, granddaughter of Honouliuli internee Sam Nishimura.

Melanie King, Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at South Seattle College.


  • Online resources
  • 2 free Washington State OSPI clock hours