Internment Locations

Arrested: December 1941

Sand Island Internment Camp, Honolulu, Oahu Island

This internee was in the first group of 172 men (mostly Issei) who were sent aboard the U.S. Grant military transport ship for internment in U.S. Army and Justice Department camps on the Mainland. The internees 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 First Transfer Group internees who were sent from Livingston to Missoula before being transferred to Santa Fe.

Angel Island Detention Facility, California

Camp McCoy Internment Camp, Wisconsin

Camp Forrest Internment Camp, Tennessee

Camp Livingston Internment Camp, Louisiana

May 1942 - June 1943

Fort Missoula Internment Camp, Montana

June 1943 - April 1944

Santa Fe Internment Camp, New Mexico

April 1944 - July 1944

Paroled to Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 1944

Returned to Hawaii: December 1945

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

Kazuo Tomita opened his grocery store, K. Tomita Store, in Waipahu on Oahu Island in 1921. Son Theodore Tsunehiro Tomita served in the U.S. military during the war. After the war, daughter Laura Michiko married another Hawaii internee, Kazunari Honda. 

Kazuo Tomita returned home from internment and resumed the running his business until his death in 1954.