Initiated in 2010 and formalized in 2012, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center War Memorial Project is a grassroots effort unaffiliated with the City and County of Honolulu, the owner of Blaisdell Center. This is purely a labor of love and a work in progress.
The City and County of Honolulu designed and sponsored the new memorial plaque, display area, and Nov. 10, 2015 rededication ceremony.
This project would not be possible without the assistance of many helpful employees of the City, State of Hawaii, members of Veterans organizations, Historic Hawaii Foundation, and many others who have volunteered their time and effort.
A special mahalo to members of these AJA WWII Veterans clubs for their assistance. As AJA Nisei WWII Veterans were deeply involved with the original planning of Blaisdell Center as a War Memorial, it is fitting that they and their relations would contribute to the revitalization of this lost history.
- 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans
- 442nd Veterans Club
- Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawai'i
Tanya Harrison is the founder of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center War Memorial Project. Born at Andrews Air Force Base, MD and raised on Kaua'i, she's a Waimea High graduate and has degrees in Sociology, Anthropology, and Biology. Currently living in Pendleton, Oregon, she's worked in a variety of natural and cultural resource fields, and is an avid independent researcher in multiple disciplines.
It was research related to Hawaiian family history in Kaka'ako, specifically old fishponds, that led to the discovery of Blaisdell Center's memorial heritage.