HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii 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.”