National Park Service to hold meetings on internment camps

Public meetings will be held in early June on Maui, Molokai and Lanai to discuss the National Park Service’s draft study report on World War II Japanese internment camps in Hawaii.

Although the largest internment camp was at Honouliuli on Oahu, there were sites in Maui County that were used as temporary camps, including an old Kaunakakai County Courthouse on Molokai, a campsite in Haiku and the old Lanai City jail and courthouse. These areas as well as others were examined in the park’s study.

Information in the study will be used to determine if there is a basis for the areas to be designated as part of the National Park System.

Molokai’s meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 2 at Kalanianaole Hall, Maunaloa Highway, in Kalamaula. Maui’s meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 2 in the Alexa Higashi Room at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The Lanai meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. June 3 at the Lanai Senior Center.

A virtual meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 17. Web access information and the draft study can be found at

Comments on the draft study will be accepted until July 15.

For more information, call the National Park Service, Pacific West Region, in Honolulu at (808) 541-2693.