Obama to Designate Honouliuli Internment Camp as National Monument
President Barack Obama announced that he will be designating the site of the former WWII Honouliuli Internment Camp, located on property in Kunia donated by Monsanto, as a new national monument for historic protection. We are very excited about reaching this significant milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp into perpetuity as part of the U.S. National Park System.
Transferring ownership of this land to the Federal Government is the result of years of hard work by numerous individuals and organizations who have been diligently and patiently working, step by step, to make this community vision a reality. We at Monsanto Hawaii are very proud to be a part of this tremendous collaboration.
In 2007, Monsanto acquired farmland in Kunia which includes the site of the former Honouliuli Internment Camp. At that time, we pledged to work with the community to preserve the Camp site for its historic value. Since then, we have been collaborating closely with local organizations, including the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, to work with the National Park Service in the hopes of preserving Honouliuli Internment Camp into perpetuity. Monsanto had committed to donating the land to help achieve that vision.
We understand that the process to create a National Monument is long and complex, and there’s still a ways to go. However, this site is an important part of Hawaii’s history and should be preserved for future generations, which is why Monsanto Hawaii is committed to and very passionate about this effort.