2023/9/9: Los Angeles: Japanese American community supports Maui Fire Relief by presenting stage show “Defining Courage” at Marsee Auditorium, Torrance, Sat. Sept. 9, 7PM

In order to support Maui Fire Relief, numerous Japanese American organizations in Los Angeles co-present stage show “Defining Courage: Celebrate the Legacy of True American Heroes” at the Marsee Auditorium in El Camino College, Torrance, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $40, $50, $100. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

According to the Japanese American National Museum, the co-presenter organizations are following as of Aug. 25:
CSU Long Beach Nikkei Student Union, East West Players (EWP), Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Giant Robot, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Kazuo Masuda VFW Post 3670, Keiro, Kizuna, Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), Nikkei Progressives, Nisei Week Foundation, Okinawan Association of America, Orange County Optimist Club, Outside In Theatre, So-Phis, Story Boldly, Tuesday Night Project, UCLA Nikkei Student Union, UC Riverside Nikkei Student Union, US-Japan Council, Veterans Memorial Court Alliance, Visual Communications (VC)

Our friends on Maui are “Defining Courage” under tragic circumstances. Support the Maui relief efforts by attending a special showing of “Defining Courage.”


The immersive live performance honors the most decorated US soldiers of World War II—the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service—which originated in Hawai‘i more than 80 years ago.

The stories of these Nisei soldiers, many fighting for the US while their families were incarcerated in America’s concentration camps, are told in a unique live performance that combines live storytelling, new and historic film footage, eyewitness interviews, and live music.
This special “Aloha” edition, hosted by ABC7’s David Ono, honors Hawai’i with additional stories, and with dance by Halau Hula Keali’i O Nalani and music by Nick Lee and Grammy Award winners Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere.