Connecting past and present: Nikkei Legacy Exhibit promotes contributions of Japanese immigrants

  • Byrnes Yamashita explains the significance of photos displayed at the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Japanese mask is on display at the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Yasunori Daguchi, right, points out a photo of his famed 100th Battalion to Japan Deputy Consul-General Takayuki Shinozawa at the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A doll collection is on display at the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Japanese sword is displayed at the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Tricia Buskirk, left, Takayuki Shinozawa, Mayor Harry Kim, Yasunori Daguchi, Wes Daguchi and Byrnes Yamashita untie the ceremonial maile lei to open the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Thursday at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Kaloko Branch. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KALOKO — More than a chance to learn about the history and contributions of Japanese immigrants and their descendants, the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit at the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is — for its organizers — an opportunity for people to understand what that history means for today’s world.