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Internment Locations

Arrested: December 1941

Sand Island Internment Camp, Honolulu, Oahu Island

This internee was among 39 men (mostly Issei) who were sent on the fourth 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. 

Also sent on the same ship were six Issei women internees: Kiku Horibe, Miyuki Kawasaki, Yoshie Miyao, Yuki Miyao, Haru Tanaka, and Tsuta Yamane. The women were kept apart from the men and had a different internment sequence from them.

Sharp Park Detention Station, California

June 1942 - July 1942

Seagoville Internment Camp, Texas

July 1942 - April 1943

Crystal City Family Internment Camp, Texas

April 1943 - December 1945

Returned to Hawaii: December 1945

Arrived in Honolulu with about 775 other internees aboard the military troopship the Shawnee.

Haru Tanaka was one of only eight Hawaii women who were arrested and sent to the Mainland for internment. They were unlike the women who entered Mainland internment as a way to reunify their families, for these women had been arrested and incarcerated. In addition to the women were sent in the Fourth Transfer Group, two more women, Kanzen Ito and Ishiko Mori, were sent with the Seventh Transfer Group. 

Moreover, among this group of eight women, four had husbands who also were arrested and interned; they were Ryosaku Kawasaki (Miyuki), Shigemaru Miyao (Yuki), Motokazu Mori (Ishiko), and Seigi Yamane (Tsuta).