NPS awards grants to World War II internment projects in Hawaii

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Projects that preserve and interpret Japanese American confinement sites in Hawaii will receive more than $366,000 in grant money, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.

The money is part of 20 grants totaling more than $2.8 million to be distributed nationwide.

More than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were imprisoned by the U.S. government following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

“As stewards of our nation’s history, the National Park Service recognizes the importance of preserving these confinement sites,” said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “They are poignant reminders – today and for future generations – that we must be always vigilant in upholding civil liberties for all. These grants help us share valuable lessons on the fragility of our constitutional rights and ensure the experiences of those who were incarcerated are not forgotten.”

The following Hawaii recipients and projects were recognized Tuesday:Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park (aka Hawaii’s Plantation Village)

Grant Award: $112,000“Phase Two, Administration Building Construction Documents, Student Participation and Exhibit”

Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park (aka Hawaii’s Plantation Village) will complete construction documents and specifications for future restoration of an administration building, believed to be a guard house, at the Honouliuli Internment Site. The project builds on a 2009 Japanese American Confinement Sites grant for an Existing Conditions Report that documented the two remaining buildings at Honouliuli. Architects and engineers will now develop plans and cost estimates for restoring the guard house, and two students from the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii will work as practicum participants on the project. A year-long museum exhibit focusing on restoration efforts and the history of Honouliuli also will be assembled at the Friends of Cultural Garden Park in Oahu.Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Grant Award: $215,502“Hawaii Japanese American Internment: Short Documentaries on the Hawaii Confinement Sites in the Counties of Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii and Maui”

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will produce a four-part documentary sequel to “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” produced in 2012 through a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant. The sequel will comprise four, 15-minute films, focusing on 17 Japanese American internment sites dispersed throughout the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. A one-hour-long DVD of the films will be created and posted online, and 500 copies distributed to partnering organization and schools.Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Grant Award: $38,600“The Power of Place: The Archaeology of Hawaii’s Internment Sites”

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will produce a comprehensive report that synthesizes the existing archeological studies about Hawaii’s internment sites together with new field work to identify, record and map newly discovered sites and features. The manuscript will be illustrated with historic and current photographs and maps, photographs of artifacts and field investigations, and include an annotated list of useful archives and repositories, as well as Geographical Information System (GIS) data on Honouliuli.

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, now in its seventh year, will support projects in eight states and the District of Columbia.

The grants announced today total $2,845,000 and bring the program’s total awards to more than $18 million since Congress established the grant program in 2006. A total of $38 million in grant funds was authorized for the life of the program.

Grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program can go to the 10 War Relocation Authority centers established in 1942 or to more than 40 other confinement sites. The goal of the program is to teach present and future generations about the injustice of the World War II confinement history and inspire a commitment to equal justice under the law.

Successful proposals are chosen through a competitive process that requires applicants to match the grant award with $1 in non-federal funds or “in-kind” contributions for every $2 they receive in federal money.Click here for more details on all the projects.

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