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Life behind barbed wire


    The Honouliuli Internment Camp was Hawaii’s largest and longest-operating internment camp, opening in 1943 and closing in 1946. The camp, near Waipahu, held 320 internees and also became the largest prisoner-of-war camp in Hawaii with nearly 4,000 prisoners. The site was designated as Honouliuli National Monument on Feb. 19, 2015, by President Barack Obama.

The worst fear of military leaders was that the considerable Japanese population of Hawaii would join forces with Japan in a land invasion of the islands or aid the enemy through acts of espionage or sabotage. Read more

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