Melanie Yamaguchi is a senior digital producer for Hawaii News Now. She's a graduate of the University of Washington (BA in communication) and Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (master's in mass communication).
Nearly 80 years ago, more than a dozen of Hanako Wakatsuki’s family members were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to camps across the mainland as part of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack.
Hanako Wakatsuki, the first superintendent of Oahu’s Honouliuli National Historic Site, has officially started in her new role. At the same time, there’s a push to move away from historic terms that misstate the wartime experience of Japanese Americans.