Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Featured Parks

The National Park Service shares stories and preserves the past of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. From Hawai'i to Chinatown in New York, explore the parks and places that proudly represent diverse history. With the help of our Park Rangers, visitors will learn and explore the importance of our Nation's Asian American and Pacific Islander's stories. Find a few of those stories here and then Find a Park to find more of all Americans' stories.

Manzanar National Historic Site: In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.

National Park of American Samoa: The Samoan culture is Polynesia's oldest. We believe the first people of the Samoan Islands came by sea from southwest Asia some 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, distinct cultural traits emerged that we now call fa'asamoa(fah-ah-SAH-mo-ah).

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawai'i : Is located three miles north of Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawai'i. The park preserves and interprets the site of the ancient Hawaiian Honokohau Settlement and its fishponds (Loko i`a) and fishtrap. The area within the 1,160 acre Park was, at one time, a thriving ancient Hawaiian settlement that supported a large population of both maka'ainana (commoner) and ali'i(chief).

Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah: May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Chinese men were an essential part of the labor force that built the railroad.

Last updated: March 22, 2016