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Saturday, April 9, 2016
2:00 PM

Lecture: Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank



Bill Jeffries and Grace Eiko Thomson, co-curators of Two Views, will discuss their exhibition.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
2:00 PM

Rediscovering Japanese American Photography


In conjunction with Making Waves, historian and exhibition curator Dennis Reed will introduce and lead a panel discussion on the recovery of Japanese American photographs.

Panelists will include David F. Martin, author and curator; Robert Hori, Cultural Curator, Huntington Library; and Stephen White, writer and dealer, all of whom have played a role in saving once-lost works by Japanese American photographers. Each is also a lender to Making Waves.

Discussion will include the back stories of works in the exhibition, from items found in dumpsters to those held in family archives, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Photo: Taizo Kato, Untitled (Woman with Fan), before 1924. Stephen White Collection II.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
2:00 PM

Lecture and Discussion—The 100th/442nd’s Campaigns in Vosges, France


Sylvie and Hervé Claudon will share their extensive research into the World War II liberation of their native Vosges Mountain region in France.

As a young boy, Hervé was fascinated by WWII stories of courage and strength demonstrated by the French Resistance and also by “the Hawaiians,” the local name given to the Nisei soldiers who helped to liberate his hometown of Bruyères from a prolonged occupation by German troops.

Since the 1980s, Hervé and his wife Sylvie have studied the Vosges Campaigns together and worked on a variety of commemorative projects. From interviews with the local French people as well as the Nisei soldiers, they have been able to map out the events that took place, and Hervé has organized plaques at specific locations to commemorate the heroic Nisei sacrifices. For example, working with Medal of Honor recipient Joe Sakato, Hervé located Hill 617, the hill Sakato charged as a diversionary tactic during the rescue of the Lost Battalion.

Hervé and Sylvie’s presentation will offer a uniquely French perspective on the contributions of the 100th/442nd.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
2:00 PM

Jidai Japanese Samurai Sword Lecture


Curators Michael Yamasaki and Darin S. Furukawa present an introductory lecture on Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art.

Learn about the unique forging process and special properties of the Japanese samurai sword and see how the distinctive armor of the warrior class functioned not only as protection, but as a reflection of the wearer’s personality.

Presented as part of Natsumatsuri Family Festival. Reserved seating will be available for JANM members.

We anticipate high attendance for this program. Seating is available first come, first serve. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art
Saturday, July 25, 2015
2:00 PM

Before They Were Heroes Behind the Scenes Lecture


Curator Lily Tamai, PhD, will discuss historical background, preservation issues, and the selection process that went into organizing the Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images exhibition.

This program is free with admission, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
6:00 PM

Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi Advance Screening and Panel Discussion

The Japanese immigrants who worked on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries sang as they worked, creating a Japanese-American equivalent of “the blues.” Called holehole (Hawaiian for dried cane leaves) bushi (Japanese for melody or tune), the songs are a record of the workers’ joys, sorrows, and challenges, providing a fascinating window onto early plantation life.

In the 1960s, Honolulu music teacher Harry Urata, whose own experiences in WWII concentration camps taught him the value of preserving immigrant culture, recorded hundreds of these songs, sung by the women who had created them 60 years before. Several years later, documentary producers Chris Conybeare, Franklin Odo, and Joy Chong-Stannard captured the last of the women pioneers on videotape, telling their stories and sharing their songs.

This material is brought together in the stunning new PBS Hawai‘i documentary video, Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi, narrated by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the producers.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.




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