This is a collection of photographs I collected and assembled to honor the life of my father, Kenji Hirata.
He was born to Okinawan plantation workers in Hawai'i and lived his formative years there and in Okinawa during the turbulence of WWII. In his late teens, he led the way for his parents and his sisters to move to Chicago where they tenaciously carved out a life for themselves. He was a simple, hard-working man who sacrificially loved his family.
In his last season of life, he lived with the devastating effects of a ruptured brain aneurysm for nearly 12 years, but even in this, his spirit of joy was indomitable.
Thank you Dad for living your life so well! You're truly free now.