Asian American and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.

Inspired by something you've learned or found a bit of family history in a national park? Share your experiences on social media using #AANHPIHM, #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth, and #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque.

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Sharing History & Heritage

Discover stories and cultural heritage shared in national parks and communities across the country.

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Heritage Travel

Explore parks, memorials, and historic sites around the country and US territories in person or virtually.

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Educators Portal

Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.

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Observe the power of the presence, contributions, endurance, and resiliency of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders with the National Park Service and throughout our nation's history.

Featured Stories

There are countless stories and historical events connected to national parks and communities shared through National Park Service programs and partners. Here are some suggestions to begin exploring or to learn more:

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"Koa Talking to Me"

Follow Junior's love for one of the rarest and most threatened trees in the world that helps him stay connected to his Hawaiian heritage.

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Voices of Science

A podcast series takes listeners on an acoustic voyage connecting the natural and cultural worlds of Hawaii's national parks.

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A Glimpse into Chinese History

Join a park ranger sharing the important role that Chinese immigrants played in shaping the Yosemite that we know today.

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Breaking Barriers

World War II challenged American cultural beliefs, biases, and practices surrounding race, culture, and ethnicity.

National Park Foundation Features

The National Park Foundation, an official partner of the National Park Service, explored ways people tell stories to interpret history, reflect on their journeys, and make personal connections with parks.

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Remarkable National Park Stories

Explore some parks that share the triumphs, perseverance, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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The Power of Place

From Assateague to Manzanar, NPF’s Kim Hirose Tobe shares how national parks and her personal story are intertwined.

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Outdoors in Your Own Authentic Way

Ambreen Tariq is helping more people get outside to discover the wonder and joy of national parks through social media.

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A Passion and a Gift

George Masa had a passion for parks and a gift for photography. Masa Knob in Great Smoky Mountains NP was named in his honor.

Featured Parks and Places

Thousands of years of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander history and heritage are found in national parks or shared through National Park Service programs and partners in communities across the country. Begin your journey exploring some of these sites in person or virtually.

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AAPI Heritage Theme Study

Read a theme study that identifies places of important history, including current and potential National Historic Landmarks.

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Japanese American Confinement Sites

Visit places of remembrance where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were involuntarily relocated during World War II.

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Heritage Travel

Explore parks, memorials, and historic sites around the country and US territories in person or virtually.

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National Register of Historic Places

Thousands of historic places in neighborhoods across the country are recognized on the register. Start exploring with these suggestions.

Last updated: May 3, 2022