Honouliuli Internment Camp

Visiting the Site

In May 2015, a group of well-trained students traveled from the Mid-Pacific Institute of Honolulu to the Honouliuli Internment Camp. There, they surveyed and digitally scanned the remains of the site, including building foundations and boundary fences. The digital record they generated can be used for planning and conservation purposes, as well as to provide interpretive and educational tools like virtual reconstructions of the camp, animations, and lesson plans for use by future students and educators.

Learning about the Site

Upon their return to school, the students were tasked with studying the history of the Honouliuli Internment Camp. As part of their research, each student decided on three key dates, people, and events related to the camp, and used that data to produce an informational graphic or video in order to share their newfound knowledge.

Reflecting on the Site

In the third phase of this project, the students of Mid-Pacific Institute were asked to go beyond the facts of history and reflect on the significance of what had happened at the Honouliuli Internment Camp. To process their feelings as they worked through the material, the students made video journals detailing their thoughts on the past and how those events had affected their own families. These moving mementos document not only what the students learned about the history of the site, but how much they truly understand how its repercussions ripple into the present. 


This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This material received Federal financial assistance for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted projects. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:

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