Internment Locations

Arrested: December 1941

Sand Island Internment Camp, Honolulu, Oahu Island

Fourth Transfer Group: June 1942

This internee was one of six women sent to the Mainland aboard the fourth transfer ship along with a larger group of mostly Issei men. 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.

Tsuta Yamane was arrested along with her husband, Seigi Yamane, by U.S. military intelligence officials shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. 

Yamane was one of only eight Hawaii women who were arrested and sent to the Mainland for internment. Unlike the women who entered Mainland internment as a way to reunify their families, these women had been arrested and incarcerated. In addition to Yamane, five other women were sent in the Fourth Transfer Group; they were Kiku Horibe, Miyuki Kawasaki, Yoshie Miyao, Yuki Miyao, and Haru Tanaka. Two more women, Kanzen Ito and Ishiko Mori, were sent several months later with the Seventh Transfer Group. 

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

Two of the Yamanes' sons, Frank K. Yamane and Ernest Y. Yamane, served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Frank Yamane was a member of the army's Military Intelligence Service. In the 1950s, Ernest Yamane served as a deputy attorney general for the territory.