Road separates the Hilton Hawaiian Village from the Army's Fort DeRussy
and marks the confluence of tourism and militarism, two interdependent
expressions of the colonial impulse.
1968, while students and workers half a world away brought France to
the edge of revolution, a handful of peace advocates gathered here to
greet members of the Hawai'i Army National Guard who had been called
to active military duty, with many ordered to serve in Vietnam. The
peaceful gathering drew armed police officers with riot control weapons,
and ended in the arrests of several people who stepped into the street
and sat down as trucks carrying the troops approached.
was also the induction center where Hawai'i draftees were processed
into the Army during the years of the Vietnam War. It remained a center
of controversy throughout the period.
one man refused to respond to the call-up. UH student and Manoa resident
Richard Tanimura openly opposed the Vietnam War and slipped out of the
U.S. several weeks after the DeRussy sit-in, later surfacing in Sweden.