Monument or historic site proposed for Honouliuli

Honouliuli

To make either a monument or historic site is being proposed for the Honouliuli Internment Camp on Oahu.

The National Park Service said Thursday it will hold meetings this month and next to get the public’s feedback on the idea.

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

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.

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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