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Helene J. Minehira Interview Segment 2

Born in Waipahu, Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-319-1) - 00:02:50
Grandfather's immigration story (ddr-densho-1000-319-2) - 00:05:44
Father's family background: served in World War I (ddr-densho-1000-319-3) - 00:06:56
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-319-4) - 00:05:04
Parents' marriage (ddr-densho-1000-319-5) - 00:02:21
Memories of childhood: being spoiled by grandmother (ddr-densho-1000-319-6) - 00:06:04
Attending school and Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-319-7) - 00:08:07
Moving to a new property in Ewa Beach (ddr-densho-1000-319-8) - 00:04:18
Helping family to clear land and build a home (ddr-densho-1000-319-9) - 00:06:45
Description of Ewa Beach neighbors (ddr-densho-1000-319-10) - 00:05:40
Living with neighbors of different ethnic backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-319-11) - 00:03:36
Witnessing the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-319-12) - 00:14:49
The aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-319-13) - 00:04:28
Home is searched by two young military officers (ddr-densho-1000-319-14) - 00:09:09
The emotional effects of the Pearl Harbor bombing (ddr-densho-1000-319-15) - 00:07:35
Being forced to evacuate from home (ddr-densho-1000-319-16) - 00:06:01
Losing home and being forced to live in a language school (ddr-densho-1000-319-17) - 00:04:08
Losing property and having to move (ddr-densho-1000-319-18) - 00:04:19
Being singled out for being Japanese American (ddr-densho-1000-319-19) - 00:06:25
Memories of Hawaii during martial law (ddr-densho-1000-319-20) - 00:04:20
Fighting for redress for Japanese Hawaiians who lost their homes during the war (ddr-densho-1000-319-21) - 00:08:25
Reaction to receiving redress (ddr-densho-1000-319-22) - 00:05:45
Working with the Japanese American Citizens League for redress (ddr-densho-1000-319-23) - 00:06:52
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-319-24) - 00:03:18
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Grandfather's immigration story

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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March 2, 2011

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Helene J. Minehira

Helene J. Minehira Interview

02:22:59 — 24 segments

March 2, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii

Nisei female. Born April 30, 1925, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Just before World War II, moved with family to the Ewa Beach area of Oahu, near Pearl Harbor. Witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Because of proximity to the harbor, family was forced to evacuate their home in Ewa Beach and had to live temporarily in a Japanese language school before moving to another home. Years later, worked to obtain redress for Japanese Hawaiians who lost their homes during the war.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.)

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Kelli Nakamura, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer

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