Internment Locations

Arrested: December 1941

Sand Island Internment Camp, Honolulu, Oahu Island

This internee was among 166 men (mostly Issei) who were sent on the second transfer ship for internment in U.S. Army and Justice Department camps on the Mainland. These men were sent together from camp to camp, with some paroled to War Relocation Authority camps to reunite with family or transferred for repatriation to Japan. This internee was in a sub-group of Second Transfer Group internees who were sent from Livingston to Missoula before being transferred to Santa Fe.

Angel Island Detention Facility, California

March 1942 - April 1942

Fort Sill Internment Camp, Oklahoma

April 1942 - May 1942

Camp Livingston Internment Camp, Louisiana

June 1942 - June 1943

Fort Missoula Internment Camp, Montana

June 1943 - April 1944

Santa Fe Internment Camp, New Mexico

April 1944 - October 1945

Returned to Hawaii: November 1945

Arrived in Honolulu with 450 other internees aboard the military troopship the Yarmouth.

In the fall of 1940, Kan Ooka's eldest son, Hideo, left Kahului to attend college in Los Angeles. With the outbreak of war and the imposition of Executive Order 9066, Hideo and his sister Chiyeko, also then in California, were sent to the Poston Concentration Camp in Arizona. 

With his father under internment on the Mainland, Hideo joined the U.S. Army from camp and served with the Military Intelligence Service. Brother Stanley Tamotsu Ooka also was an MIS officer. 

After the war, the Ookas returned to running the family business, expanding it into what would become the largest privately-owned market on Maui Island, Ooka Supermarket in Wailuku.