Seminars: Session Details

Session B4
Honouliuli’s Historic WWII Structures
Time & Location 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Room 317A
Lorraine Minatoishi
Minatoishi Architects, Inc.

Honouliuli Japanese Internment Camp was a large internment and prisoner of war camp that held over 500 persons of Japanese, German and Italian nationality and German and Korean prisoners of war. After Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945 and soon thereafter Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945, the internment camps were closed and the internees allowed to go home. The camps were soon bulldozed down with virtually nothing to remind us of the injustices of the war. Only two buildings were spared demolition – the guard building at the entry gate and the adjacent barracks building.

This presentation examines these two structures and the stories they tell us of war-time construction and confinement. These two buildings were inventoried, and HABS level drawings were created to document these structures as part of the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant. Another JACS grant funded a full set of construction documents to be used for the restoration of the guard house.

Lorraine Minatoishi, Ph.D, AIA, LEED AP, is the president and owner of Minatoishi Architects, Inc., an award winning architecture firm specializing in residential, commercial and government projects with an emphasis on historical architecture. She has won numerous awards on projects such as The Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Sheraton Waikiki Master Plan and the rehabilitation of Building 9 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Minatoishi has also produced the film “Aloha Buddha”, a documentary examining the history and growth of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at UH-Manoa, master’s degree in architecture at University of Oregon, and PhD in architectural history from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan).