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00000179-60bf-d8e2-a9ff-f5ff3000000075 years ago this week, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor and other targets on O‘ahu, leading the United States into World War Two and changing life in the islands forever. All this week, Hawai‘i Public Radio is airing remembrances of some of our neighbors who were on O‘ahu that day as well as others who have ties to the islands. You can hear these pieces on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and after they air you will be able to find them on our website.

Pearl Harbor Voices: Life After the Attack

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This week we’ve been marking the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in part by hearing the voices of many who lived through that day and the weeks and years that followed.

For residents of Hawai‘i, the attack marked a turning point.  Life changed in many ways—including the way people went about their daily activities.  Our Morning Edition host Derrick M?lama heard some details about that from his mother, Annie Shirabe M?lama.

Every day, people living in Hawai‘i were reminded that they were at war.  John Henry Felix talked about that in a conversation with HPR’s Bill Dorman.


Martial law was lifted in Hawai‘i in October, 1944.  Two years later, the Supreme Court ruled the imposition of martial law was unconstitutional.

Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
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