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Hawai'i Internee Database -- Recently Released

January 8, 2019 Carina Chernisky
Image of the santa fe internment camp, 1945.

At the end of 2018, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i (JCCH) released  a searchable directory of the Japenese-Americans living in Hawai’i who were arrested and detained in internment camps during World War II. From their news release:

Unlike the War Relocation Authority run camps on the mainland, comprehensive documentation about the Hawai‘i camps has not existed in one place. But now, the JCCH has pulled together the results of years of seeking out and cross-checking government and military records, internee memoirs, and historical publications. When documentation is available, our directory lists where the internees from Hawai‘i were confined, photos, oral history interviews, and archival collection finding aids from our collection.

You can explore this free and public database here: Please contact if you have any questions.

About the header image:

Medical group, Santa Fe Internment Camp, 1945. Unji Hirayama is #43 in legend on back of photo. JCCH/Usaburo Katamoto Archival Collection.

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