Maui High School students Jaelen Matsuda-Williams (from left) Sarah Sakakihara, and John Andrei Balanay pose for a group photo during the Maui District History Day competition in February at the University of Hawaii-Maui College. Their performance advanced them to Hawaii State History Day and eventually Nationals, where they finished second in the senior website division. — GWEN JARAMILLO photo

KAHULUI — Three Maui High School students launched a website that pays tribute to a less familiar piece of history, a research project that took second place among thousands at the first-ever National History Day Virtual Competition.

In the high school division, John Andrei Balanay, Jaelen Matsuda-Williams and Sarah Sakakihara designed a website called the “Military Intelligence Service: Japanese Americans Breaking Barriers to Help End

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