The need for a book about the Japanese experience in Hawai¿i brought together the co-authors, who are themselves Hawaiian Nisei mothers and teachers, to collaborate on this book.
In the process, they became increasingly aware of the abiding sense of appreciation that the Japanese have for the past and its effect on the present.
Okage same de, a commonly used expression of gratitude, captures this attitude which has enabled the Japanese in Hawai¿i to emerge from their early uncertainties, struggles, and even trauma with little bitterness. It has helped them to become a part of the local culture and to cultivate a deep appreciation for and love of Hawai¿i, their homeland.
Facing injustices and hardships upon arriving in Hawaii, Japanese contract immigrants demonstrated determination and perseverance in their struggle to gain acceptance. Later, as members of the legendary 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, as well as unsung heroes of the Interpreters¿ group, these same virtues helped them emerge among the leaders during the postwar years to shape the new Hawaii.
The Japanese in Hawaii: Okage Sama De is a chronological account of these immigrants. Enhanced by oral
history excerpts and brief biographical sketches, it includes numerous photographs, many from treasured family albums, adding a personal dimension to the history. Previously published in 1986, this new publication has been updated for 2008.