Federal government pushing to preserve Honouliuli internment campUPDATED 10:57 PM HST May 08, 2014Video Transcript
lesson for future generations. Now the federal government is takings step to preserve this piece of our tumultuous past. It's a place many would like to forget, now there is a push to preserve one of Hawaii's world war two internment camps, by making it a National Park! Here's KITV4's Brenton Awa reports. 32 108 Betsy Young calls it a labor of love... Putting in over a decade of work to keep a part of Hawaii's past alive. 217 - Betsy Young "THIS IS A LONG FORGOTTEN, UNFORTUNATE LY FORGOTTEN SITE." That site is the former Honouliuli internment camp in Kunia. It's covered in brush now -- but 70-years-ago it imprisoned thousands of people -- mostly Japanese during World War II. The living conditions were less than ideal... The selection process of who was put in -- down-right unfair... 518 - Betsy Young "HERE IN HAWAII THEY SINGLED OUT INDIVIDUALS AND THEY SELECTIVELY INTERNED THEM AND SELECTIVELY INCARSERATE D THEM." The burden was sometimes too much for families... 528 - Betsy Young "IN MANY CASES FAMILIES WERE TORN APART AND IN MANY CASES THE FAMILIES THAT REMAINED REALLY WERE IN NEED BECAUSE THEY HAD TAKEN THE HOUSEHOLDS BREADWINNE R." While those days are in the past, the fear, is that without those stories shared, history could one day repeat itself. 1255 - Jane Kurahara "WE'VE ALL BEEN OUT ON THE PLAYGROUND WHEN ONE KID IS STANDING ALL ALONE, DON'T PLAY WITH HIM HE'S GOT THE KUDIES AND IT'S BECAUSE HE'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER. 1305 IF WE DON'T BECOME SENSITIZED TO HOW THAT AFFECTS PEOPLE NEGATIVELY, THEN WE KEEP DOING IT AND IT LEADS TO BULLYING AND CYBERBULLIN G..." Whether or not Honouliuli becomes a national park... Volunteers will continue to use this location as a lesson. 1335 - Jane Kurahara "BY TAKING THEM DOWN TO SOMEPLACE LIKE THIS, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THIS A TRANSFORMATIVE LESSON, SOMETHING THEY WON'T FORGET." ...and something that'll never go away. It'll still take some time before the former Honouliuli Internment camp could become a National Park. The national park service just put out the proposal today. If it does happen -- the land owner -- the Monsanto company would donate the area to preserve it's history.