Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
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Sharing History & Heritage
Discover stories and cultural heritage shared in national parks and communities across the country.
Explore parks, memorials, and historic sites around the country and US territories in person or virtually.
Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.
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Power of Parks for Health Roundtable
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the partnership between the National Park Service and the US Public Health Service, we are hosting a year-long series of educational and celebratory events to share the history of the partnership, highlight the role of public health in parks, and launch efforts to begin planning for a health focused future. During Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, join us for a virtual Power of Parks for Health Roundtable on May 26 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm EDT hosted in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
There are countless stories and historical events connected to national parks and communities shared through National Park Service programs and partners. Here are some suggestions to begin exploring or to learn more:
This Month's National Park Getaway
Tule Lake National Monument tells the stories of 30,000 Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate to the camp far from their homes.
"Koa Talking to Me"
Follow Junior's love for one of the rarest and most threatened trees in the world that helps him stay connected to his Hawaiian heritage.
Voices of Science
A podcast series takes listeners on an acoustic voyage connecting the natural and cultural worlds of Hawaii's national parks.
National Park Foundation Features
The National Park Foundation, an official partner of the National Park Service, explored ways people tell stories to interpret history, reflect on their journeys, and make personal connections with parks.
Outdoors in Your Own Authentic Way
Ambreen Tariq is helping more people get outside to discover the wonder and joy of national parks through social media.
A Passion and a Gift
George Masa had a passion for parks and a gift for photography. Masa Knob in Great Smoky Mountains NP was named in his honor.
Reflecting on Japanese American Confinement
Seventy-five years ago in 1946, the last Japanese American confinement site closed. During World War II, Japanese Americans faced widespread racism and prejudice against them. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were US citizens, were imprisoned by the US government under Executive Order 9066. Allowed to take only what they could carry, they were imprisoned without trial, in rural areas far from home and the lives they built. Learn some of their stories preserved in national parks and communities through the work of our programs and partners.
Japanese American Confinement
More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned by the US government following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Visit World War II Parks
Find parks that tell the story of events that influenced or directly impacted Asian Americans' and Pacific Islanders' wartime experience.
Remembrance in National Parks
Examining History with ArcheologyArcheologists use clues from objects and features in the ground to piece together the past and take a deeper look at history. Discover some of the recent and ongoing archeology projects in national parks or through our programs that are examining history of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Featured Parks and Places
Thousands of years of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander history and heritage are found in national parks or shared through National Park Service programs and partners in communities across the country. Begin your journey exploring some of these sites in person or virtually.
AAPI Heritage Theme Study
Read a theme study that identifies places of important history, including current and potential National Historic Landmarks.
Japanese American Confinement Sites
Visit places of remembrance where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were involuntarily relocated during World War II.
Last updated: May 4, 2021