Resources

A Hawaiʻi WWII Internment Resource List is available through the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's Tokioka Heritage Resource Center's online library catalog. To access the list of books, oral histories, archival collections, etc., click here.

View the Hawaii Internee Statistics.

Selected Primary Resources:

ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE OF CAMPS
Jack Tasaka - Stories from Honouliuli
Dan Nishikawa - Recollections of Honouliuli
Sanji Abe - Request for items
Sanji Abe - Parole & sponsorship papers

LIFE OF INTERNEES & FAMILIES
Jean Ariyoshi - A Childhood changed forever
George Hoshida - Life of a Japanese immigrant boy
Sam Nishimura - Life in camp
Doris Berg Nye - Memories of Honouliuli
Jack Tasaka - Stories from Honouliuli
Ted Miyamoto - Censored letters from camp
Kazuki & Kayo Kosaki - Letter to an internee on the mainland

PRE-WWII PERCEPTIONS AND ACTIONS
1924 Senate hearings to limit immigration
"Woman Branded as Spy" (Star-Bulletin article)

REFLECTIONS ON INTERNMENT
Lily Arasato - Message from a daughter
Doris Berg Nye - Message for young people

Selected External Materials

“Stepping into the Past: Behind the Scenes of The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i” by Ryan Kawamoto, Oct. 11, 2013 from Discover Nikkei

“The internment camp in West O‘ahu’s backyard” by Cheryl Ernst from Malamalama

“Honouliuli (Detention Facility)” by Alan Rosenfeld from Densho Encyclopedia

“Sand Island (Detention Facility)” by Alan Rosenfeld from Densho Encyclopedia

“Finding Honouliuli” from Honolulu Magazine

Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites: Final Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment, August 2015 by the National Park Service.
This final study report was written to determine whether the Honouliuli Internment Camp and other internment sites in Hawaiʻi were feasible for inclusion in the national park system. The study evaluated 17 sites. Chapter 2, "Historical Overview and Resources," (p. 5-40) provides excellent historical background and descriptions of each of the Hawaii internment sites, enhanced by many maps and illustrations.