KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS MAUI STUDENTS TO SPEAK ABOUT
THEIR ANCESTOR’S ROLE IN WORLD WAR II at MNHCoC MAY SOCIAL
“It’s an honor to present to the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce about our ancestors,” said Cheyenne, “Our ancestors truly inspire us and hopefully they will inspire others as well.” Their presentation is part of their senior project, a graduation requirement that provides students with an opportunity to give back to their community through academic knowledge and critical thinking skills.
Kaylie Ho has completed extensive research on her great-great uncle, staff sergeant Calvin Atsushi Tottori who served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). He served under Lord Louis Montbatten, the Viceroy of India, and he authored the book, The OSS Nisei in the China-Burma-India Theater. Of the fourteen men in their unit, ten were from Hawaiʻi, all were selected from the original 100 who volunteered for OSS service during their basic training with the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Cheyenne Yap has researched the Naganuma brothers from Lāhainā and her grandfather Harold Yap from Haʻikū. Her study was inspired by her desire to understand the contributions that Native Hawaiian warriors made during World War II. She has since created an archive for her grandfather at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului.
“Our chamber has a close, longstanding relationship with Kamehameha Schools Maui campus so we are thrilled to hear from these talented students,” said MNHCoC president Teri Freitas Gorman. “The pace of life is so hectic these days that we rarely stop to reflect on the many gifts of our ancestors. We appreciate that Kaylee and Cheyenne have given us an opportunity to do exactly this.”
About the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) — MNHCoC’s mission is “to promote and sustain Hawaiian values and culture, and enhance the socio-economic status of Native Hawaiians in business and as individuals.” Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of Aloha through commerce, culture and community. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce welcomes all Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at Heart” to share in their mission. For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.