Japan needed resources and could only get them from other countries. The United States continued to try to prevent this. Japan sent an envoy to try to negotiate some sort of compromise, but the negotiations went nowhere. Veterans and family members recall life in Hawaii immediately prior to Dec. 7, 1941. It was Sunday, and it was thought to be an ordinary day. Americans living there were accustomed to hearing the military planes fly over and artillery firing. Suddenly, they realized those were not the American planes to which they had become accustomed. The recollections from that day continue.