UH West Oahu students study the Honouliuli Internment CampUPDATED 12:47 PM HST Jul 16, 2014Video Transcript
A dark part of Hawaii's past ... And a potential historic site. Today the Honouliuli Internment Camp became the classroom for thirteen U-H West Oahu students. They are all part of an Archaeological Field Techniques class to learn historic archaeology techniques including excavation, metal detecting, photography, on-site artifact analysis and G-P-S mapping. Today's area of focus-- the foundation of the shower building. Mary Farrell, UH West Oahu Instructor: "I THINK THEY ARE LEARNING THAT THIS WAS A PRETTY DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT TO BE STUCK IN FOR ONE THING. IT'S HOT, IT'S HUMID, IT'S NOT MUCH BREEZE DOWN HERE. FOR ANOTHER THING, THEY ARE LEARNING A LOT ABOUT THE WORLD WAR II HISTORY. THIS IS A HISTORY THAT'S NOT VERY WELL KNOWN." Earl Ramsey, UH West Oahu Student: "YOU ARE ACTUALLY WORKING IN A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ACTUALLY INTERACTED. THIS WHERE THEY LIVED, THIS WHERE THEY WORKED, THIS IS WHERE THEIR LIVES WERE, WHERE AS IN A BOOK, YOU JUST HAVE PAGES AND PAGES. SO THIS IS, YOU KIND OF GET TO EXPERIENCE WHAT THEIR LIFE WAS LIKE." Opened in March 1943, the World War Two Honouliuli Camp was the largest and longest used of 13-plus internment camps in Hawaii and held approximately 300 internees from Hawaii of Japanese, Okinawan, German and Italian ancestry.