Museum to participate in youth summit

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will participate in the “National Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration in World War II” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 17 in the museum theater.

The event is free and open to the public. It is an outreach program for middle and high school students sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum. Pacific Historic Parks and WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument are also providing support for the summit.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is one of four Smithsonian affiliate organizations hosting a regional youth summit, and is partnering locally with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to host a panel discussion with scholars, family members of those incarcerated at Honouliuli Internment Camp, and Hawaii’s youth.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, resulting in the imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

Here on Oahu, on March 1, 1943, the Honouliuli Internment Camp opened. It was the longest operating and largest WWII internment and POW camp in Hawaii, incarcerating nearly 4,000 individuals. On Feb. 24, 2015, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Honouliuli a national monument.

Panelists and the audience will explore the history of Japanese American incarceration and will discuss how fear and prejudice can upset the delicate balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state. The program will also focus on the role of young people in shaping America’s past and future.

Panelists, who will provide their insight to what took place during WWII and its relevance to the nation’s current situation and its future, will be joined by students.

Teachers are encouraged to bring their students to the free summit.

Seating is limited and must be reserved in advance. For more information on the National Youth Summit or to reserve seats, call 808-445-9137 or email

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