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SHIMEJI RYUSAKI KANAZAWA / 1915-2014


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Invaluable devotion to Hawaii's families spanned decades

By Leila Fujimori

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2014

~~<p>Shimeji Ryusaki Kana&shy;zawa, lauded for her 60-plus years of work for the elderly and youth, also is arguably Hawaii's most unsung World War II hero.</p>
<p>Two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, amid anti-Japanese sentiments and fears within the Japanese community, Kanazawa, then a 26-year-old self-described &quot;country girl&quot; from Waimea, Hawaii island, was tapped to serve Japanese citizens in Hawaii as executive secretary to the Swedish vice consul, who had assumed the Japanese Consulate's duties during the war.</p>
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Shimeji Ryusaki Kana­zawa, lauded for her 60-plus years of work for the elderly and youth, also is arguably Hawaii's most unsung World War II hero.

Two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, amid anti-Japanese sentiments and fears within the Japanese community, Kanazawa, then a 26-year-old self-described "country girl" from Waimea, Hawaii island, was tapped to serve Japanese citizens in Hawaii as executive secretary to the Swedish vice consul, who had assumed the Japanese Consulate's duties during the war. Login for more...



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