Izumi Hirano, a second generation Japanese American, was born on the Big Island in 1929. In 1933, the Hirano family moved to Hiroshima to live. He was a 16-year old student when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. His school was located only 1.3 miles south from the center of the blast; his family’s house was 2 miles north from the center. What he witnessed on August 6, 1945, has stayed with him to this day. Today, he serves as vice president of the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors and president of its Hawaii Chapter.