Monument or historic site proposed for former Oahu internment camp


HONOLULU — The National Park Service is proposing to make the former Honouliuli Internment Camp on Oahu either a monument or historic site.

The park service said Thursday it will hold meetings this month and next to get the public’s feedback on the idea. A meeting is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. June 4 at the Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo. A virtual/online meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 17.

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.

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