The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor

Kapolei Community Leaders
Here, I’m shaking hands with Ken de Hoff, Executive Director of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor participated in a National Youth Summit on Tuesday, May 17. The discussion focused on Japanese American Incarceration in World War II. The outreach youth program is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the Japanese American National History.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is one of four Smithsonian Affiliate organizations hosting a regional youth summit, and partnered with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to host a panel discussion with scholars and family members of those incarcerated at Honouliuli Internment Camp.

The Summit focus was on the history of Japanese American Incarceration during WWII, how this came about, what happened on O’ahu with Honouliuli Internment Camp, and how the feeling of fear and prejudice is present in today’s world. The Summit also focused on the role young people have in shaping America’s past and future.

Kaimuki High School students presented me with this “pohaku” – a rock that was gathered by the students to build a marker, or ‘Ahu. This marker is a daily reminder of how important our land and natural resources are. Each rock represents peace. This gift holds great responsibility and honor and holds the receiver to commit to become a peace-keeper.