Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, June 15, 1998

By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Edward Sakamoto looks back at how families coped with
the racial injustice faced by Japanese Americans
during World War II.

Restaging of Sakamoto’s
‘Hearts’ honors AJA veterans



Playwright Edward Sakamoto's "Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire," a tribute to the men of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, returns to the stage for four performances at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

The production is presented by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Foundation as part of the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention July 2-5. There will be a gala opening of the play at 6 p.m. July 2. Other performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. July 3 and 7 p.m. July 4.

"Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire, originally staged in 1994 at Kennedy Theatre, follows the lives of three families before, during and just after World War II. It tells how, even after being stripped of their rights and property, Japanese Americans were eager to show their patriotism and served with heroism in the U.S. military.

The new production will be directed by James A. Nakamoto. Among the cast members are state Rep. Marcus Oshiro and Ben and Gloria Tamashiro. Ben Tamashiro is a 442nd veteran.

Tickets for the performances are $15 and $20 for adults, $10 for children up through age 12, and may be purchased at the Blaisdell box office.

Tickets are also available at Connection outlets, 525-4000. Proceeds benefit the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Foundation.

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