UH students study the Honouliuli Internment Camp

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 15 2014 10:24:41 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 16 2014 12:48:53 PM HST

The Honouliuli Internment Camp became a classroom for 13 University of Hawaii West Oahu students.

HONOLULU -

The historic Honouliuli Internment Camp became the classroom for 13 University of Hawaii West Oahu students.

The students were part of an Archaeological Field Techniques class learning historic archaeology techniques including excavation, metal detecting, photography, on-site artifact analysis and GPS mapping.

WATCH: UH West Oahu students researching the Honouliuli Internment Camp

The visit focused on the foundation of the shower building.

"I think they are learning that this was a pretty difficult environment to be stuck in for one thing. It's hot. It's humid. It's not much breeze down here. For another thing, they are learning a lot about the World War II history. This is a history that's not very well known," said Mary Farrell, a UH West Oahu instructor.

"You are actually working in a place where people actually interacted. This [is[ where they lived. This [is] where they worked. This is where their lives were. Whereas in a book, you just have pages and pages. You get to experience what their life was like," said Earl Ramsey, UH West Oahu Student:

Opened in March 1943, the World War II Honouliuli Camp was the largest and longest used of 13-plus internment camps in Hawaii and held approximately 300 internees from Hawaii of Japanese, Okinawan, German and Italian ancestry.

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