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Longest operating incarceration camp could get national status

posted by Randall

 Honouliuli Gulch Quick, can you name the longest operating incarceration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II (photo from Hawaii.edu) ?

You may be surprised to learn that it’s the Honouliuli Gulch in the Kunia area of Hawaii.

The camp was small, never holding more than 320 people at one time even though it had a capacity of 3,000.

Despite its long history, it has never been designated a national historic site, according to KITV.

“For Japanese Americans who were interned that was the most painful chapter in their lives and it forever changed the course of their lives,” said Carole Hayashino, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii President and Executive Director said.

The National Park Service has conducted a study on the feasibility of turning it into a national historic site or monument.

Public hearings will be held beginning May 27. You can find out more about that at KITV.

 

 

 

 

 

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