The Camp Tarawa Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that
shares a common mission with the Camp Tarawa Detachment.! Many of
the Foundation’s members are also members of the Detachment, but the
Camp Tarawa Foundation has its own board of trustees, is independently
incorporated with the State of Hawaii, and is recognized by the State of
Hawaii and the Internal Revenue Service as an independent organization.
The Foundation was established for charitable, literary and educational
purposes including fund raising for the construction of the Camp Tarawa
Museum and Educational Center.
The primary purpose of the Camp Tarawa Foundation was to raise funds to
build a state of the art museum and educational facility in Waimea in close
proximity to the Camp Tarawa Monument. However, those plans were
unattainable so the Foundation is now working with the Honoka’a Heritage
Center to transfer museum materials onto an ‘online’ museum experience.
The Honoka’a Heritage Center has a physical presence in the Botelho
Building on Mamane Street in Honoka’a. The building was used as a USO
during WWII so it has a connection to Camp Tarawa and artifacts relating to
Camp Tarawa can be viewed in an exhibit there.
The Camp Tarawa Foundation has assumed responsibility for maintaining
the Camp Tarawa Monument which is dedicated to honoring the 2nd and
5th Marine Divisions and the Waimea Community for their contributions
towards winning the war in the Pacific during WWII.
The Foundation’s Docents make presentations on the history of Camp
Tarawa at schools, local businesses and other organizational meetings.
The Foundation’s Docents also offer complimentary Boots on the Ground
Tours to individuals interested in learning about the importance of Camp
Tarawa as a training base during WWII. The tours are available upon
request. Click on Tours for more information