Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Welcome to the Pearl Harbor Child blog

WELCOME and ALOHA! Mahalo (thanks) for visiting my site. Please take a good look around.

My name is Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson. I was born in Hawaii to a Hawaiian mother and  Caucasian father. On December 7, 1941, we were living as civilians on the Pearl City Peninsula inside Pearl Harbor, only a few hundred yards from Battleship Row (see map below). We stayed until the Navy forced us to give up our home after the war ended. Sadly, our peninsula was needed for Navy housing, and so our entire small neighborhood of locals was forced to leave.

The top image shows me at age 6 with my gas mask and dog, Hula Girl, and a recent photo of me with a flower in my hair, ready to dance.

My mother was a hula teacher, so I made my debut as a hula dancer at the age of three. I graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, then attended the University of Hawaii, where I met a local producer and was invited to be the hula dancer on a weekly TV show, "Campus Canteen."

I won a hula contest when I was 18, which took me to the mainland. While there, I went to Independence, Missouri to meet my father's family for the first time. I decided to stay for a year, and attended college in Kansas City, then became a flight attendant for a national airline, and then married Larry Nicholson, a photographer and multimedia producer.

After the birth of our four sons, I earned undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas in Counseling Psychology, then worked for a large community mental health center in Kansas City as a psychotherapist.

During these later years, I began to realize that I had survived a surprise attack that literally changed the world. I also found that while many books had been written about the attack, they were all written from a military standpoint. There was almost nothing written about what happened to civilians, so I decided to tell my story. The result was "Pearl Harbor Child," which is now (2013) in its 12th edition.

Ever since our marriage, Larry and I have worked together as a team in producing our books and DVD's. After the first editions, I was contacted by other survivors, both military and civilian, who wanted to share their stories, which I included in all subsequent editions. One of the soldiers I met had such a powerful story . . . it became our second book, "Pearl Harbor Warriors."

You can learn all about our books and DVD's on the pages of our website.

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