Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to Screen Documentary film, “Voices Behind Barbed Wire, Stories of Hawaii Island”

Lt. Governor Chin recently visited with Japanese Culture Center of Hawaii (JCCH) President and Executive Director, Carole Hayashino, staff and volunteers to view the JCCH’s new documentary film, “Voices Behind Barbed Wire, Stories of Hawaii Island.”  The film is one of four short documentaries about Japanese Internees from Hawaii that the JCCH has produced to supplement “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” a 30-minute documentary released in 2012.  Each short film, written and directed by Ryan Kawamoto, focuses on what took place on each county in Hawaii.

Lt. Governor Chin participated in the documentary, recounting legal action taken by the State of Hawaii against President Donald Trump and the Administration’s travel ban.  The JCCH will be conducting screenings on Hawaii island and Kauai in the coming months, and also plans to distribute 500 DVDs to schools and libraries statewide to educate our keiki about the social injustice that took place during the World War II to ensure that we do not repeat such horrible acts.