Turning an ugly part of Hawaii's history into a lesson for future generations.
The federal government is takings step to preserve a piece of Hawaii's tumultuous past.
It's a place many would like to forget. Now there is a push to preserve one of Hawaii's World War II internment camps by making it a national park.
Betsy Young calls it a labor of love, putting in over a decade of work for the project.
"This is a long forgotten, unfortunately forgotten site," said Young of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
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 was down-right unfair.
"Here in Hawaii they singled out individuals and they selectively interned them and selectively incarcerated them," said Young.
The burden was sometimes too much for families.
"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 breadwinner," said Young.
While those days are in the past, the fear is that without those stories shared history could one day repeat itself.
"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," said Jane Kurahara of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. "If we don't become sensitized to how that affects people negatively, then we keep doing it and it leads to bullying and cyberbullying."
Whether or not Honouliuli becomes a national park, volunteers will continue to use this location as a lesson.
"By taking them down to someplace like this, we're trying to make this a transformative lesson; something they won't forget," said Kurahara.
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 Thursday.
If it does happen, land owners the Monsanto company would donate the area to preserve its history.