Researcher documents the story of Shinmachi

  • Heather Fryer is an associate professor of history and program director for American studies at Creighton University in Nebraska. (Photo courtesy Heather Fryer)
  • Heather Fryer stands in Hilo Iron Works as part of her Shinmachi documentary project. (Photo courtesy Heather Fryer)
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald The Shinmachi Tsunami Memorial is seen here Monday at Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo.

After the community of Shinmachi was twice destroyed by tsunamis in 1946 and 1960, records of the town’s existence became difficult to come by.