The Hawaiian word kokua means “help” or “support”, and it’s one of Bayer Hawaii’s core values to support the communities in which our employees live and work. Throughout the years, Bayer Hawaii has given grants and volunteered manpower for numerous educational, environmental, community and humanitarian endeavors including beautifying parks, protecting natural watersheds, raising funds for public schools and charitable organizations, donating to human service agencies, contributing to disaster relief efforts, sponsoring scholarships and educational programs, supporting the arts, judging science fairs and helping out at numerous community events.
Some of the non-profits that Bayer Hawaii has supported include: Aloha United Way, district and state science fairs, Filipino Community Center, Hawaii Red Cross, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, University of Hawaii, West Maui Mountain Watershed Partnership, Kamaole Point Park, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Hale Makua, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Haleakala National Park, Maui Youth & Family Services, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Hawaii State Farm Fair, county farm fairs and Ag in the Classroom.
Honouliuli Internment Camp Preserved
Hidden deep within an overgrown gulch in Kunia, Oahu, on land owned by Bayer, lay the remains of the Honouliuli Internment Camp, one of Hawaii’s largest World War II internment camps. Once known as jigoku dani or “Hell Valley” by its inhabitants, the internment camp was unique in having detained both prisoners of war and a diverse group of U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those of Japanese, Korean and European descent. After the war, the camp was bulldozed, leaving historic artifacts and remnants nearly untouched for 60 years.
Bayer is committed to preserving the site and its local history for generations to come.
In 2007, Bayer’s predecessor purchased the surrounding Kunia farm area and pledged to work with interested community organizations to preserve the Camp. In partnership with the local community, the community worked towards achieving the highest level of preservation, in hopes of donating the land and establishing the site as a U.S. National Park. And our hard work paid off…
President Obama designated the site as a new national monument for historic protection
On February 19, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he will be designating the site of the former WWII Honouliuli Internment Camp as a new national monument for historic protection. Bayer is very excited about reaching this significant milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp into perpetuity as part of the U.S. National Park System. Transferring ownership of this land to the Federal Government is the result of years of hard work by numerous individuals and organizations who have been diligently and patiently working, step by step, to make this community vision a reality.
The site is an important part of the Hawaii’s history and part of who we are as a resilient community.
While Bayer Hawaii is heavily focused on agricultural conservation and sustainability, we have a social responsibility to perpetuate Hawaii’s culture and history. We want to ensure that the Honouliuli Internment Camp is preserved in perpetuity for the educational benefit of future generations. We must all do our part in seeing this through.