Although there was no mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in Hawaii, many were sent to the Honouliuli Internment Camp on Oahu. (JCCH)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) on Thursday announced the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will be receiving $111,557 from the National Park Service to help educate the public about the Honouliuli Internment Camp on Oahu, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

The grant will go towards a multimedia and virtual tour project of the camp.

“My Grandpa Muroda was interned at Honouliuli, so this is personal to me,” said Hanabusa. “The detention of Japanese Americans during World War II is a dark chapter in our nation’s history, but through education and awareness, these stories can help ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

“I hope those who have the opportunity to experience JCC Hawaii’s virtual tour of the Honouliuli camp gain inspiration to continue to stand for equality. I would like to say mahalo to the National Park Service for their work to preserve and interpret our country’s Japanese American internment sites and their history.”

The funding is part of the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program. For more information about the program, visit

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  1. German Americans and other Euro Americans were also interned in the Honouliuli Camp and in other camps on the Islands.