Immersive show honoring Nisei veterans of World War II returns to Hawaii

Hawaii Theatre hosted a one-night showing of the immersive performance, “Defining Courage, The journey of World War II Nisei Soldiers”
Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 5:27 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 24, 2023 at 8:29 AM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new stage production called “Defining Courage” is telling the stories of the World War II nisei soldiers in an innovative way -- combining film, live narration and musical performances to immerse the audience in history.

The Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu will host two performances on April 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. New times were added after its sold-out show on March 18.

Show co-producer David Ono, a news anchor based in Los Angeles, joined HNN Sunrise Weekends to talk about bringing the show to Hawaii. He invites surviving veterans to be honored on stage at the April performance.

The show combines live storytelling, new and historical film footage, orchestral music, a choir, and eyewitness interviews and explores the journey of nisei (second generation Japanese-American) soldiers who fought during WWII in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service.

The show is being presented by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, the Japanese American National Museum, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the National Park Service, Pacific Historic Parks, and Story Boldly.

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