Monsanto Donates Land to Preserve Oʻahu Internment Camp Site
“We’re honored to participate in the celebration of the new Honouliuli National Monument and reach this historic milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp as part of the US National Park System,” said Alan Takemoto, Monsanto’s community affairs manager for Hawaiʻi. “Transferring ownership of this land to the federal government is the result of years of planning and coordination. We’re very proud to be part of this collaboration, from donating 123 acres for establishment of the national monument, to working on site preparations with distinctive organizations like the National Park Service, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi.”
In 2007, Monsanto acquired Kunia farmland that included the site of the former Honouliuli Internment Camp. The company pledged to work with the community to preserve the camp site for its historic value. Since then, Monsanto has collaborated with local organizations to establish the camp as a National Historic Site.
Monsanto donated the land in late 2014 to help achieve that goal, and is presently working to donate an additional 22 acres, bringing the company’s total land donation to 145 acres.
Over the years, more than 1,000 people have been welcomed to the Kunia farm and the Honouliuli site for various educational activities and observances.
“There’s still a lot of work ahead, and Monsanto will continue to support the vision for Honouliuli,” added Takemoto. “This site is an important part of Hawaiʻi’s history and should be preserved for future generations, which is why Monsanto is very passionate about this effort. We look forward to seeing the Honouliuli National Monument come to full fruition.”