Breaking the Silence: Lessons of Democracy from the World War II Honouliuli Internment and POW Camp in Hawaiʻi is a collection of articles authored by University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu faculty and scholars and community partners from Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, Densho, King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the National Park Service.


The research amassed from oral histories, archival collections and field work examines the archaeological, historical, sociological, political, psychological and cultural aspects and impacts of World War II confinement in Honouliuli.

The physical remains of Honouliuli Internment and POW Camp still lie hidden deep within a gulch located just a few miles inland from the famed World War II site of Pearl Harbor. That is not all that is hidden—the stories, experiences and lasting influence of the internment of American civilians and resident aliens of Japanese and Okinawan ancestry, local “suspect” Europeans categorized as Germans and Italians, as well as POWs of Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Italian and Filipino origin remain largely unknown and untold.

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  1. Come on UH, get real. The Hawaiians have been in internment camps in their own country. Letʻs not keep dodging the #1 problem here.
    If it is allowed to happen to Hawaiians and is ignored as the Israelis ignore Palestinians, then youʻre disingenuous and have other agendas for focusing on this

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