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National Park Service to hold Hawaii meetings on preserving internment camps

The National Park Service is holding public meetings over the next month to get input on internment camps in Hawaii during World War II to help it determine the best way to preserve these sites and share their history.

Preliminary studies have identified 13 sites in Hawaii where people were confined for varying lengths of time between the 1941 start of the war and the war’s end in 1945.

Meetings are due to be held through March on all six islands where the camps were located: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island.

Honouliuli Gulch on Oahu, which held 1,200 people between 1943 and 1945, was the largest camp in Hawaii.

The service plans to evaluate the significance of the sites and consider a range of preservation alternatives.

Meetings are planned for:

>> Tuesday, Kona Outdoor Circle 76-6280, Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m;

>> March 10, Hawaii Japanese Center, 751 Kanoelehua Ave., Hilo, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;

>> March 17, Mitchell Pauole Center, 90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;

>> March 22, Lanai Elementary & High School, 555 Fraser Ave. 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;

>> March 24, Nisei Veterans Center Kahului Beach Road, Kahului, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;

>> March 29, Kauai Veterans Center 3125 Kapule Highway # 1, Lihue, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;

>> March 31, WWII Valor in the Pacific Education Center & Lanai, (Pearl Harbor Visitors Center) 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

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