Woman to receive degree after a delay of decades

November 9, 2014 10:54 AM

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When 18-year-old Sadako Yamanaka (nee Watanabe) left Waikapu, Maui, in 1939 to pursue an education in fashion design in California, there was little to suggest that her future would be determined by anything but her own considerable determination and will.

Yamanaka was the third of six children born to Yakichi Watanabe, a school principal and Japanese community leader, and his wife, Fumiko, a missionary from Japan.

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