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Parks Service Announces Hearings on Honouliuli Gulch Internment Site
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Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Special Resource Study

 

From National Parks Service

It is with great pleasure that the National Park Service offers to you for review and comment the Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Draft Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment. The NPS launched this study with an introductory newsletter and public meetings in February and March 2011. The alternatives presented and analyzed in this report were developed based on NPS special resource study criteria and the comments that we heard from you during public scoping.

The executive summary of the draft study report is available here

The full report is available at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/honouliuli_draftreport

This draft study report is available for public review for 60 days, with comments due to us by July 15, 2014. We welcome your comments through e-mail, our web site, mail, or at one of the following public meetings:

Hawaii

Kapolei, O‘ahu:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 2–4 pm

Lab Building E132- University of Hawai‘i—West O‘ahu

91–1001 Farrington Highway

Honolulu, O‘ahu:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6–8 pm

Thursday, May 29, 10 am–noon

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

2454 S Beretania Street, #101

Lihue, Kaua‘i :

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30–8:30 pm

Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center

3353 Eono Street

Kaunakakai, Molokai:

Monday, June 2, 2014, 10 am–noon

Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria

Ailoa Street

Kahului, Maui :

Monday, June 2, 2014, 6-8 pm

Alexa Higashi Room, Maui Arts and Cultural Center

One Cameron Way

Lana‘i City, Lana‘i:

Tuesday, June 3, 2–4 pm

The Lana‘i Senior Center

309 Seventh Street

Hilo, Island of Hawai‘i

Wednesday, June 4, 6–8 pm

Hawai‘i Japanese Center

751 Kanoelehua Avenue

Virtual/Online Public Meeting

June 17, 10 am–Noon (Hawai‘i), 1–3 pm (Pacific), 4–6 pm (Eastern)

Click here [coming soon!] for information on how to participate.

The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (signed into law October 30, 2009) authorized the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study of the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of including the Honouliuli Gulch and the associated sites within the State of Hawaii in the National Park System.

The NPS is directed to consult with the State of Hawaii, appropriate federal agencies, Native Hawaiian and local government entities, private and nonprofit organizations, private landowners, and other interested parties.

The study will evaluate Honouliuli Gulch and associated sites located on Oahu and other Hawaiian islands with respect to (1) the significance of the site as a component of World War II; (2) the significance of the site as the site related to the forcible internment of Japanese Americans, European Americans, and other individuals; and (3) historic resources at the site.

At the conclusion of the study process, the National Park Service will submit a report to Congress that describes the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study.

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GOVERNOR’S STATEMENT ON HONOULIULI INTERNMENT CAMP STUDY FOR POTENTIAL INCLUSION IN NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM

News Release from Office of the Governor May 8, 2014

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today commented on the results of a National Park Service draft study proposing that the Honouliuli Internment Camp be added to the National Park System as a National Historic Site or National Monument.

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry was an example of race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership. I applaud the National Park Service for recognizing the importance of preserving the Honouliuli Internment Camp to educate visitors about the internment history of Hawaii during World War II.

“In 2009, while still in Congress, I joined other members of the Hawaii delegation to introduce bills to study the feasibility of Honouliuli and other Hawaii internment sites becoming a unit in the National Park Service. As governor, I was pleased to sign Act 235 into law in 2012, requiring the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to establish a Honouliuli park site advisory group to develop recommendations to leverage county, state, federal and private funding of an educational resource center at the location.

“Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii President Carole Hayashino is currently spearheading the Governor’s Hawaii Confinement Sites Working Group, which expands our focus to all of Hawaii’s confinement sites and will work to move the action plan forward for their preservation. Let’s all get behind her and the working group to see that this great task is accomplished.”

For more information on the Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Draft Special Resource Study, visit: http://www.nps.gov/pwro/honouliuli/

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