Hiroshi Honda, American (1910 - 1970)

Hiroshi Honda

Hiroshi Honda (1910-1970) was an American painter who was born in Hilo, Hawaii to Japanese parents who had immigrated to Hawaii at the tern of the twentieth century. He was sent to Japan at age 6 for an education, and he also served in the Japanese Air Force.

He returned to Hawaii in 1939. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hiroshi was interned successively at Sand Island (Hawaii), in Arkansas, in Wisconsin, and in Northern California.He had studied sumi-e ink drawing in Japan, and produced many drawings and watercolor paintings while interned.

The Honolulu Museum of Art, which owns a large collection of Hiroshi Honda’s works, has held two solo exhibitions of this artist— Reflections of Internment: The Art of Hawaii’s Hiroshi Honda in 1994 and Hiroshi Honda: Detained in 2012.

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