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Local groups win grants to protect internment site history

  • HONOULIULI INTERNMENT CAMP IN 1945 BY R.H. LODGE COURTESY HAWAI‘I’S PLANTATION VILLAGE / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
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Two Hawaii organizations are receiving National Park Service grants to help them share the history of sites where the federal government confined Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The park service said Tuesday the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is getting more than $215,000 to work on documentaries about 17 internment sites on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii islands.

The center will receive another grant of nearly $40,000 for a project on archaeology.

Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu will receive $112,000 for an exhibit related to Oahu’s Honouliuli internment site.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says the internment sites are poignant reminders that we must be always vigilant in upholding civil liberties for all.

The Hawaii grants are among 20 totaling more than $2.8 million awarded by the park service.

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