We can only guess what was in George Sakata's mind when taking this photograph. One thing I can't help but notice is the live and dead cedar trees and how the wind has shaped them in the same direction. The wind was obviously harsh on these dunes, and the trees are a testament to their strength.
George Sakata, one of our featured photographers, was a soldier in the Hawaiian National Guard prior to World War II. He and his comrades surrendered their guns to the United States after Pearl Harbor and went on to become the most decorated Army Regiment Brigade and Battalion in the history of the US Army.
George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.