Presidential Designation Includes Monsanto’s Donation of the Honouliuli Internment Camp Site for a National Park Service National Monument

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Presidential Designation Includes Monsanto’s Donation of the Honouliuli Internment Camp Site for a National Park Service National Monument

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:05am

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Monsanto recently donated land to the National Park Service from the Honouliuli Internment Camp Site for a National Park Service National Monument. The designation of the monument was announced by President Obama on Feb. 19.

“We are very excited about reaching this significant milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp into perpetuity as part of the U.S. National Park System,” said Alan Takemoto, Community Affairs Manager of Monsanto Hawaii. “Transferring ownership of this land to the Federal Government is the result of years of hard work by numerous individuals and organizations who have been diligently and patiently working, step by step, to make this community vision a reality. We at Monsanto Hawaii are very proud to be a part of this tremendous collaboration.”

In 2007, Monsanto acquired farmland in Kunia which includes the site of the former Honouliuli Internment Camp. At that time, the company pledged to work with the community to preserve the Camp site for its historic value. Since then, Monsanto has been collaborating closely with local organizations, including the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, to work with the National Park Service in the hopes of establishing Honouliuli Internment Camp as a National Historic Site. Monsanto had committed to donating the land to help achieve that vision.

“We understand that the process to create a National Monument is long and complex, and there’s still a ways to go. However, this site is an important part of Hawaii’s history and should be preserved for future generations, which is why Monsanto Hawaii is committed to and very passionate about this effort.”

For more background information on Monsanto Hawaii and the Honouliuli Internment Camp preservation effort, visit: http://www.monsantohawaii.com/community/giving/honouliuli-internment-camp/

Keywords: Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives | Alan Takemoto | Diversity & Inclusion | Education | Federal Government | Honouliuli Internment Camp Site | Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘I | Monsanto | National Park Service | PRESIDENT Barack OBAMA | Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

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