Chairman’s Message

The purpose of this Remembrance issue is to thank and honor our volunteers by focusing on them and their stories. Like most nonprofits, volunteers are the unsung heroes, the backbone of our organization. Inside, you’ll find stories of how volunteers, including our beloved Pearl Harbor Survivors, perpetuate the legacy of World War II and keep history alive by engaging with visitors from all over the world.

Audio Tour Signs Installed at Diamond Head

Permanent signs for the new narrated tour were installed in March. Pacific Historic Parks has invested $30,000 for this interpretive program, which focuses on the history, legends, culture, geography, music, plant and animal life at Diamond Head State Monument.

2017 Art in the Park Programs

The Art in the Park program started in 2014 and has been a success from the beginning. Pacific Historic Parks (PHP) provided funding to continue this program for fiscal year 2016-2017. Funding from the National Park Service augmented the budget enabling us to further enhance the program.

Volunteers Support Art in the Park

During the months of March and April, the National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks held the first-ever Art in the Park program at American Memorial Park on Saipan. This program brought local artists to the park to share their craft with the community.

A Life-Changing Experience

Kerri Inglis, a history professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, first came to Kalaupapa National Historical Park on a service trip with the Sierra Club in the summer of 2000. Seventeen years later, she is still returning, this time with history students in her Disease and Medicine in Hawaii class on a service-learning trip. For the students, it is an adventurous history lesson.

Project of Preservation

One of the most recent service-learning events I led was titled Project of Preservation. High school student volunteers assisted in cleaning and maintaining historical artifacts owned by the park. Students worked alongside park rangers to learn about and how to care for historical objects.

Pearl Harbor Gram: The Joy of Volunteering

At the urging of my eldest son, I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in the spring of 2001. It had been a very long time since I was last there – and under very different circumstances. Of course, I had mixed emotions. But feeling the solemnity of the site and the reverence visitors gave it, I became more at ease. And after meeting other Pearl Harbor Survivors that day who volunteered there, I decided I would join them – as my son said, it was my duty.

Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2015-2016

At each of our parks, national and state, through your generous donations, Pacific Historic Parks is able to support educational, interpretive and scientific programs, through school group visits, outreach programs, Junior Ranger and Reef Ranger programs, and the many ongoing restoration projects.

You Make it Happen!

Your contributions help us meet our mission to ensure that the legacy of the valiant, courageous men and women who served our country during World War II are never forgotten.