On September 10, 2011, JACL-Honolulu Chapter and Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii held a special event, “A Decade After 9/11: Acknowledging the Harms, Learning the Lessons, and Shaping the Future.” Event co-sponsors included ACLU of Hawaii, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawaii Peace and Justice, Hawaii People’s Fund, and NAACP Hawaii.
The forum opened with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, followed by a video presentation of the 2003 Day of Remembrance, produced and directed by Cynthia Gates Fujikawa. A panel discussion was moderated by attorney Ellen Godbey Carson and featured Hakim Ouansafi of the Muslim Association of Hawai‘i, author Tom Coffman, and UH law professor Mari J. Matsuda.
Mr. Ouansafi spoke about his experiences as a Muslim American after 9/11 and noted the better experiences of Muslims in Hawai‘i compared to the experiences on the mainland. Mr. Ounsafi attributed much of it to the lasting sad memories here of the wrongful persecution and ensuing incarceration of over 300 Hawai‘i Japanese (aliens and Americans) in camps in Hawai‘i and over 1500 in mainland camps during World War II. Mr. Coffman discussed his research on ethnic relations in Hawaii before World War II and the role of inter-ethnic social connections as a way to greater understanding and respect. Prof. Matsuda spoke about the critical need for more education and dialogue in the areas of economic justice, religions, and peace.
KITV Coverage of 9/11 Event
Last October, President Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM), the nation’s highest civilian award, to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. A ceremony is being planned in Washington, DC to honor these veterans. Another ceremony will be held locally for those unable to travel to Washington.
The Hawai‘i ceremony is tentatively planned for December 17 & 18. Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. For more information on the Washington ceremony, go to www.nationalveteransnetwork.com.
SATURDAY, December 17
10:00 or 10:30 am – Parade through Waikiki
12:00 to 2:00 pm – CGM Banquet at the Hawai‘ i Convention Center
SUNDAY, December 18
Morning – service at Punchbowl to honor veterans who have already passed
* There will be a formal announcement following the approval of the CGM Events Joint Resolution by Congress.
Acknowledging the Harms, Learning the Lessons & Shaping the Future
Saturday, September 10 • 10 am – 12 noon
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Presented by JACL-Honolulu and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Please join us to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a video presentation and speaker panel with Hakim Ouansafi (Muslim Association of Hawai‘i), Tom Coffman (author, The Island Edge of America) and Mari J. Matsuda (Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law), facilitated by Ellen Godbey Carson (JACL member and attorney). The panel will explore the experiences of the Muslim American community in Hawai‘i, racial tensions during wartime, and current events related to social justice.
All are welcome. Admission is free; refreshments served. RSVP is not required, but we would appreciate it for a head count. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.