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Internment of Japanese & Japanese Americans in Hawaii: Home


While there is much scholarship about the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, there is not much about the Hawaii internment experience. This guide attempts to pull together published materials and online resources.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii has tallied 1,330 Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans from Hawai'i interned during World War II. Of these, 370 were incarcerated at Honouliuli at some point; many more were sent to mainland camps. See the PDF attached below for additional details.

An estimated 17 sites throughout the territory were used to confine Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II:

Kauai:  Waimea Jail, Kalaheo Stockade, Wailua Jail, Lihue Plantation Gymnasium, Kauai Courthouse

Oahu:  Honouliuli Internment Camp, Sand Island Detention Camp, U.S. Immigration Station, Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Military Police Station (Yokohama Specie Bank)

Molokai:  Kaunakakai Jail

Maui:  Maui Jail, Haiku Military Camp

Lanai:  Lanai Jail

Hawaii:  Hilo Independent Japanese Language School, Waiakea Prison, Kilauea Military Camp

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