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Under the guidance of faculty from the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu, this project will encompass a year of multidisciplinary research and education at the Honouliuli Internment Camp. The $26,148 awarded, supports faculty and student projects in oral history and archival research on the internment experience. The interviews collected for this project will incorporate the memories of former internees, their families, and individuals who interacted with the Honouliuli camp or lived in the area. Compiled oral histories will be recorded and transcribed for the benefit of interpretive analysis and research. Coupled with this investigation, the project will hold one season of an archaeological field school at the camp to investigate and record the physical traces of internment. The field school will offer valuable training in mapping, excavation methodology, artifact analysis, and historic building evaluation and recording. The intention of this training is to provide college students with the necessary professional and technical skills to produce preservation and interpretive plans for the Honouliuli internment camp. Final products of the field school will address preservation and public safety issues since overgrown vegetation impedes on the recognition and interpretation of the camp's cultural resources. The internment site remains as a cultural treasure and a vital aspect to the social and political history of Hawai'i. These archival and preservation efforts are designed to increase an understanding of internment during World War II as well as increase public knowledge and tourism to the site.

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Kara Miyagishima, JACS Program Manager, 303-969-2885