Amata Votes to Designate National World War II Sites in Hawai’i

September 26, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted on a series of ten bills marked up and passed by the Natural Resources Committee, and notably, cosponsored and supported a bipartisan bill sponsored by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) to designate Pacific World War II sites in Hawai’i as national sites for permanent preservation.

The World War II Pacific Sites Establishment Act (H.R. 5706) establishes Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the Honouliuli National Historic Site. These are re-designations, allowing Pearl Harbor to be specifically recognized or individually referenced along with the current broadly designated Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which comprises more than Pearl Harbor, and expanding the more recent Honouliuli monument designation.

“My father, Gov. Peter Tali Coleman, was stationed at Schofield Barracks during the attack on Oahu, Dec. 7, 1941. While returning to his duty station that morning, his Jeep was strafed by Japanese bullets, and he is officially listed as a Pearl Harbor Attack Survivor,” said Aumua Amata.  


Amata in Natural Resources Committee voting on a series of public lands bills Sept 26 2018Congresswoman Amata in Natural Resources Committee voting on a series of public lands bills, Sept. 26, 2018


“These World War II sites have such historic value, and we should do everything we can to preserve them and designate them with clarity,” said Aumua Amata. “I appreciate Congresswoman Hanabusa’s leadership on this bill to specifically further recognize these enduring Pacific historical places. Our World War II history deserves a special and permanent place in our national memory.”

Other bills considered and passed by the Committee include establishing conservation and designating wilderness areas in Utah; additions to the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma and Arkansas; various wildlife, recreation and public lands management and oversight efforts; and a measure specially designating one city yearly as a World War II heritage city to highlight historic events.

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