Hawaii Inaugural Fred Korematsu Day Celebrations

In May 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in the state of Hawaii. For more information about the proclamation and the Fred Korematsu Day Hawaii committee, click here.

USS Arizona Valor in the Pacific

USS Arizona Valor in the Pacific

Wednesday, January 30, 2013  
Inaugural Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day celebration – Daytime event
Location: USS Arizona, Valor in the Pacific, 1 Arizona Memorial Road, Honolulu, HI 96818
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm
Tickets: Free of charge
Program schedule:
10:00am: Welcome by Valor in the Pacific superintendent, greetings by Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu
10:00 am: First screening of Emmy Award-winning documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story” (All seats have been reserved for Media, Sponsors and students through Hawaii Dept of Education), to be followed with Q&A with Karen Korematsu
11:00 am: Second screening of Korematsu documentary (Seats have been reserved for Sponsors and students), to be followed with Q&A with Karen Korematsu
12:30 pm: Third screening of Korematsu documentary (FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC, First come, First served), to be followed with Q&A with Karen Korematsu
1:30 pm:   Fourth screening of Korematsu documentary (FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC, First come, First served), to be followed with Q&A with Karen Korematsu
2:30pm: Daytime events conclude
Sponsored by: The Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day committee includes the following community partners and sponsors: World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i; University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law; Fred Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice; Judiciary History Center; American Immigration Council; Japanese American Citizens League; Hawai’i Council for the Humanities; Hawai’i Department of Education, Social Studies Program; Hawai’i State Bar Association (HSBA), Civics Education Committee; Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights & Education; Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Seattle University Law School); the University of Hawai’i Center for Oral History; Sons & Daughters of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team; and 442nd Veterans Club; Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project; American Jewish Committee.
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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 
Inaugural Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day celebration – Evening event
Location: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
Program schedule:
5:30pm Registration (Foyer)
6:00pm Program begins (Manoa Grand Ballroom), featuring:

- Governor Neil Abercrombie
– Senator Will Espero
– Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu
– Helene Minehara, Pu’uloa evacuee
– Nicole Verdadero, Waialua High & Intermediate School student who in spring 2012 wrote a letter to Gov. Abercrombie requesting a Fred Korematsu Day in Hawaii
– University of Hawaii at Manoa Law School student Randall Watt
– Screening of trailer to Emmy Award-winning film “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story”
– Screening of “The Constitution and the Camps,” award-winning film directed by Punahou student Matt Shimura
– Program emcee Carole Hayashino, Executive Director of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
– Panel discussion moderated by University of Hawaii at Manoa Law’s Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice Eric Yamamoto and featuring
– William Kaneko, former Vice President of the Japanese American Citizens League (national),
– Ted Tsukiyama, veteran of the WWII 442nd Regimental Combat Team
– Ashley Obrey, Native Hawaiian Legal Corp.
– Dina Shek, Medical Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaii
7:30 Program concludes. Reception with light refreshments begins.
Sponsored by: The Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day committee includes the following community partners and sponsors: World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i; William S. Richardson School of Law; Fred Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice; Judiciary History Center; American Immigration Council; Japanese American Citizens League; Hawai’i Council for the Humanities; Hawai’i Department of Education, Social Studies Program; Hawai’i State Bar Association (HSBA), Civics Education Committee; Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights & Education; Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Seattle University Law School); the University of Hawai’i Center for Oral History; Sons & Daughters of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team; and 442nd Veterans Club; Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project; American Jewish Committee.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 
Korematsu Film Screenings 
Location: USS Arizona, Valor in the Pacific, 1 Arizona Memorial Road, Honolulu, HI 96818
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Tickets: Not open to the public. All seats pre-reserved through Hawaii Department of Education.
Program schedule:
9:00am: Screening of Emmy Award-winning documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story” (all seats have already been pre-reserved for students through Hawaii Dept of Education) followed by Q&A with Karen Korematsu.
10:00am: Screening of Emmy Award-winning documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story” (all seats have already been pre-reserved for students through Hawaii Dept of Education) followed by Q&A with Karen Korematsu.
11:00am: Screening of Emmy Award-winning documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story” (all seats have already been pre-reserved for students through Hawaii Dept of Education) followed by Q&A with Karen Korematsu.