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Michael Markrich to speak at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

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Michael Markrich is a writer and economist who has written extensively on
issues pertaining to Hawaii and the Western Pacific.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui continues its quarterly “Speaker Series” on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m., featuring author Michael Markrich and his research on the 100th Infantry Battalion.

Michael Markrich is a writer and economist who has written extensively on issues pertaining to Hawaiʻi and the Western Pacific. He is a former columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser.

A deep interest in history led him to the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.


In 2006, Markrich acted as an editor on the book “Combat Chaplain; the memoir of Israel S. Yost,” the Lutheran Chaplain from Pennsylvania who became the chaplain of the 100th Infantry Battalion and a close friend of the Nisei soldiers from Hawaiʻi.

Markrich is currently working on a book focusing on the social impacts of the 100th Infantry Battalion veterans on the modern history of Hawaiʻi. He will share his stories and research at the June 11 NVMC Speaker Series.

The talk will be followed by the premier of NVMC’s summer exhibit “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion.”


The event will be held at the Oceanview Maui Adult Day Care Center on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center campus in Kahului.  The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

NVMC’s mission is to ignite the potential in people by inspiring them to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is a non-profit organization that aspires to a world where people act selflessly for the greater good. NVMC owns and manages an intergenerational campus on Go For Broke Place in Kahului that serves as a home for Kansha Preschool, Maui Adult Day Care Center’s Oceanview facility, the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion and the NVMC Education Center.

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