Helene Minehira, is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Hawaii. She and her family were permanently removed from their home in Pu'uloa, Oahu – near Pearl Harbor – by the US government shortly after the December 7, 1941 attack. Her family was never allowed to return to their home. Helene Minehira talks about her family’s experiences from 1941 to the end of war.

Helene Minehira is one of the 136 Japanese Americans from Pu'uloa, Oahu, who, under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, sought and received reparations and a formal apology from the US government for being evicted from their homes strictly on the basis of race.She is a staunch advocate of civil liberties and continues to share her story with the public. We’re fortunate to hear her story.

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