The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii opened the new Honouliuli National Monument – JCCH Education Center Saturday, with families of former Honouliuli internees in attendance to witness the blessing and dedication.
The new center adjoins the permanent exhibition on the history of Japanese in Hawaii and features photos of the Honouliuli Internment Camp, artifacts from the internees, oral history videos and virtual tours of the Honouliuli National Monument.
The center provides students, teachers and the community an opportunity to learn more about the new national monument, its history and lessons for the future.
“The Honouliuli Education Center at the JCCH will be a gathering place for students, teachers, the local community and visitors to learn about the unique wartime experience of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” said Carole Hayashino, center president and executive director. “It will be a place for us to reflect upon the lessons of war, civil liberties, peace and reconciliation.”
Since rediscovering the site in 2002, the JCCH has worked to preserve the historical site as a national monument. In addition to successfully preserving the site, the JCCH produced the documentary film on Hawaii’s internment, “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” translated and published two memoirs written by former internees, produced a curriculum guide for high school social studies teachers and distributed the curriculum resources to high schools throughout the state.
Admission to the education center is free and open to the public. Regular business hours for the new education center will be Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.