They produced research projects using primary sources about Japanese internment in Hawaii during World War II. Lori Chun, librarian, served as co-teacher, collaborator, and facilitator for the project.
With the help of a grant, a donation and resources from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and a grant from the Kaimuki High School Foundation, students visited Honouliuli Internment Camp in Kunia.
Based on their experiences and research projects, they took civic action by embarking on a letter-writing campaign voicing their support to have Honouliuli designated as a national monument. These letters were sent to Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, and to Senator Brian Schatz, who then forwarded them to President Obama. Last year's MHH/PID students even attended an open hearing to speak on the topic and present their letters (on the last day of school, no less).
On February 18, 2015, Senator Mazie Hirono announced that President Obama would be designating Honouliuli Internment Camp as a national monument. Click this link to read more and watch a video.
This is a prime example of students applying their learning and effecting change on a national level. Kaimuki High should be very proud of our students and teachers. Note: We were the only school to visit Honouliuli this year and follow up on the previous year's campaign.
Again, congratulations to our students and teachers for their hard work, great collaborative teaching, and outstanding community partnerships!
Posted February 24, 2015