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Japanese ancestors emigrated to Hawaii to avoid draft, family reunion reveals

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COURTESY KENNETH FUJII

Kenneth Fujii’s family held a reunion in the early 1950s in Hilo to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of his grandparents (first-generation immigrants) for the Hayakawa branch of their family. Fujii is on the right behind his grandmother, who is wearing a lei.

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COURTESY KENNETH FUJII

Kenneth Fujii’s maternal grandparents, who immigrated to Hawaii around 1893. His mother is on the right, and his aunt on the left.