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ILWU poster, 1952
These posters supported labor union leadership and its supporters in the 1950s.
Aloha shirt printing block and fabric
The precise origins of the aloha shirts are unclear, but Ellery Chun, owner of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, is believed to be the originator.
Hawaiian Flag Quilt
Missionaries introduced quilting in Hawai‘i in the 1820s, and by the 1840s the flag image began to appear in quilts.
Founded in 1917 by Japanese immigrants Eizo and Tsuyo Honda, Honda Tofu is one of the nation's oldest tofu businesses.
Rochelle Ballard's surfboard
Surfboard of professional female surfer Rochelle Ballard of Kaua‘i.
Backstage Pioneer of American Ballet
May Asaki Ishimoto's illustrious career as a wardrobe mistress spanned three major ballet companies in DC and New York.
Chinese Coaching Book
Elaborate scripts coached "paper sons" with stories put forth by U.S. citizens.
Ben Kuroki: "The Boy From Nebraska"
Kuroki joined the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Apolo Ohno's Skates
Apolo Anton Ohno is a short-track speed skater and winner of five Olympic medals.
Butsudan (Buddhist altar), 1942–45
A handcrafted altar used by the Murata family behind barbed wire during World War II.
Barbara Kawakami donated this wedding kimono.
Cane knives were used by Japanese American laborers to harvest sugar cane (kachiken) in Hawai'i.