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Tours and Film Share History of World War II Detention Site at Kīlauea Military Camp

July 25, 2014

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will offer guided tours of the former World War II detention camp site at Kīlauea Military Camp on Tuesday, July 29, and show the documentary, The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i.

The tours and film are free, but park entrance fees apply.

Drawing by George Hoshida

Drawing of the detainment camp at Kilauea Military Camp by George Hoshida, one of the detainees during World War II. Courtesy of the Japanese National Museum.

The one-hour tour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and will focus on the Japanese residents of Hawai‘i who were detained at Kīlauea Military Camp during World War II. No registration is required. Meet at the check-in area at Kīlauea Military Camp (KMC), near the flagpole. Park archeologist Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura and archive technician Geoff Mowrer will lead the tours. Limited copies of the new National Park Service cultural resources report, A Silent Farewell, will be available.

At 1 p.m., the documentary The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i, will be shown at the Lava Lounge, located adjacent to the post office at KMC. That evening, the park will show the film as part of its After Dark in the Park series at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto and Carole Hayashino, president and director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, will present both showings of the documentary.

The Untold Story by Ryan Kawamoto

The Untold Story by Ryan Kawamoto

While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon and Washington has been well documented, very little is known about the Hawai‘i internees and their unique experience during World War II. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle this untold story in Hawai‘i’s history.

KMC Guard Tower

The bell tower at KMC, later used as a guard tower during WWII. NPS Photo Archives.

1940's- Bulding 34 Crater Rim Cafe Lava Lounge & Post Office in background- US Army Signal Corps Formation

The U.S. Army Signal Corps stand in formation in front of Building 34 at Kilauea Military Camp. Today, the building houses the post office and Lava Lounge. NPS Photo Archives.

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