Monsanto Hawaii’s Alan Takemoto Honored at Annual JCCH Gala

On Saturday, July 25, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) honored Alan Takemoto, community affairs manager for Monsanto Hawaii, at their “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” annual gala.

Since 2007, when Monsanto purchased land that included the site of the former WWII Honouliuli internment camp, Takemoto has worked diligently with JCCH and other community organizations to help preserve the site for its historic value. His commitment to this multi-year project was recognized at Saturday’s gala along with other honorees which included architect John Hara; sumo legend Takamiyama, Jesse Kuhaulua; Olympic skater and founder of the Always Dream Foundation, Kristi Yamaguchi; long-time volunteer Tatsumi Hayashi and the Hawaii Internment Education Committee.

In addition to receiving this honor, Takemoto presented a check on behalf of Monsanto Hawaii to JCCH to benefit the implementation of its Honouliuli educational initiatives. The $100,000 donation will fund a variety of activities over the next five years including a documentary of the campaign to establish the Honouliuli National Monument, community outreach on each island, supplemental materials for the Honouliuli Education Center, and school tours.

“We extend a sincere mahalo to our friends at Monsanto Hawaii,” said Carole Hayashino, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. “Monsanto has been very much a part of the effort to preserve Honouliuli beginning with the gift of land to create the new national monument. Their pledge of $100,000 continues their commitment to preserve this unique chapter of Japanese American history in Hawaii for future generations.”

In February 2015, President Barack Obama signed Proclamation 9234, officially establishing the Honouliuli National Monument under the National Park Service. In addition to 123 acres initially gifted by Monsanto Hawaii, the company recently donated an additional 22 acres for the National Monument.

For more information on Monsanto Hawaii and the Honouliuli Internment Camp preservation effort, click here.