July 31, 2017
As a busy summer season passes by, we pause for a moment to share another edition of Remembrance with you. The theme of this issue is the important work of interpretation and education at our five parks throughout the Pacific. At its core, interpretation and education represent the human connection of storytelling, combining history and science, that strengthen the bonds between each of our parks and the public.
As defined by the National Park Service, “Interpretation is driven by a philosophy that charges interpreters to help audiences care about park resources so they might support the care for park resources. Interpretation establishes the value of preserving park resources by helping audiences discover the meanings and significance associated with those resources.”
Education and interpretive programs are a vital part of our mission at Pacific Historic Parks, and as you’ll learn through the stories in this issue, our mission is achieved through the thoughtful and compassionate generosity of our many supporters like you. You also enable the innovation of new resources, such as the virtual reality app of the USS Arizona Memorial, to be introduced, sharing history with not only the younger visitor but with people around the world who might not have the opportunity to experience Pearl Harbor in person.
Inside this edition, we are proud to share news and highlights of the successful education and interpretive programs happening at our parks throughout the Pacific. Learn about the chief petty officer bungalows on Ford Island and what is currently being done to preserve these significant structures (formerly family homes) located within a stone’s throw of historic Battleship Row. Read about the experiential learning programs on Guam that are educating youth about environmental stewardship and caring for park resources. Meet the new interpretive park ranger at Diamond Head who is helping visitors from around the world understand why Leahi is unique and culturally significant.
Learn how artifacts, items of historical significance (including photographs), help fulfill our mission of preserving and presenting our rich military history, and how you can make a lasting impact through a planned gifting arrangement with The Legacy Society.
We thank you for your support in preserving the legacy and heritage of the Greatest Generation and helping us keep history alive for future generations to Remember, Honor and Understand.