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Input sought proposals for former Oahu internment camp

June 15, 2014 - 12:05am

The National Park Service will hold a virtual/online meeting on Tuesday to gather input on making the former Honouliuli Internment Camp on Oahu either a monument or historic site.

The online public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. The meeting requires an Internet connection and phone to hear and view a presentation, as well as ask questions.

Public meetings have already been held on Oahu, Maui , Molokai, Hawaii Island, Lanai and Kauai, according to the service. Those unable to attend either a meeting online or in person can submit comments by July 15.

Honouliuli held about 320 internees during World War II. Most were second-generation Japanese-Americans but the camp also held Japanese, German and Italian nationals. Honouliuli was also the largest prisoner of war camp in Hawaii.

Monsanto Co. currently owns the land west of Waipahu where the camp was located. But it plans to donate it to the park service.

The park service says the site would offer visitors an opportunity to learn about World War II internments in Hawaii, martial law, civil liberties, peace and reconciliation.

For more information on how to participate in the online meeting scheduled for Tuesday, click here.

Comments should be sent to National Park Service, Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites SRS, Park Planning & Environmental Compliance, 909 First Avenue, Suite 548. Seattle, WA 98104.