Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites
Special Resource Study
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Final Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Special Resource Study Now Available
The National Park Service is pleased
to announce the completion of the Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Special Resource Study. The Secretary of the Interior transmitted the
final study to Congress in August 2015 completing the study process. The NPS initiated this special resource study in 2011 and published the Draft
Honouliuli Gulch and Associated Sites Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment in Spring 2014.
The final study report includes the NPS
determinations about the eligibility of the study area as a unit of the national park system, as well as the
selected alternative recommended to Congress. Comments received on the draft study report during public review in 2014
are reflected in the final study findings and the selected alternative.
We are also pleased to announce that
President Barack Obama designated Honouliuli National Monument on February 24, 2015. On March 31, 2015, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, together with leaders in Hawai'i,
dedicated the site as Hawai'i's newest unit of the national park system.
The alternative recommended to Congress is the
National Park Service Director’s most effective and efficient alternative for the long-term protection and
public enjoyment of nationally significant resources in Honouliuli Gulch. The selected alternative is
alternative B from the draft study report (Honouliuli National Historic Site or National Monument).
Some additional refinements were made to reflect public concerns, to address public access and boundary
issues, and to provide for efficient management.
The selected alternative would establish
Honouliuli National Historic Site as a new unit of the national park system. Alternatively, a national
monument managed by the National Park Service could be established. The national historic site or national
monument would include the historic site of the Honouliuli Internment Camp and adjacent lands that provide
opportunities for visitor facilities. The National Park Service would preserve the site and interpret the
internment of Japanese Americans and European Americans in Hawai?i during World War II in collaboration with
partners. The national historic site or monument would be supported by operational capacity at World War II
Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor. The National Park Service could respond to requests for
technical assistance for the preservation and interpretation of other sites, features, and stories related
to internment in Hawai?i during World War II.
We appreciate your continued interest in the study!
The Department of the Interior, Environment,
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (signed into law October 30, 2009) authorized
the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study of the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of
including the Honouliuli Gulch and the associated sites within the State of Hawaii in the National Park System.
The NPS is directed to consult with the State of Hawaii, appropriate federal agencies, Native Hawaiian and local government entities, private and nonprofit organizations, private landowners, and other interested parties.
The study will evaluate Honouliuli Gulch and associated sites located on Oahu and other Hawaiian islands with respect to (1) the significance of the site as a component of World War II; (2) the significance of the site as the site related to the forcible internment of Japanese Americans, European Americans, and other individuals; and (3) historic resources at the site.
At the conclusion of the study process, the National Park Service will submit a report to Congress that describes the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study.