The Camp Tarawa Foundation
A 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit tax exempt Corporation
The Camp Tarawa Foundation is dedicated to building a state-of-the-art museum and education facility in the District of South Kohala, Hawai’i. World War II ushered an important era of military, ranching, and farming history in South Kohala. Camp Tarawa was the area where the 2nd and 5th Marine divisions trained in preparation for the Saipan-Tinian and Iwo Jima campaigns and for the anticipated invasion of Japan. It is to these men who sacrificed so much for their generation and future generations, to the Parker Ranch and the people of South Kohala in their support of the war effort, that we dedicate our efforts to build the Camp Tarawa Museum.
Our goals are to:
•Build a museum that will focus on Camp Tarawa, Parker Ranch, and the people of South Kohala during a crucial era in our country – World War II.
•Create an educational center where school children, visitors and the local population can learn about the World War II era in South Kohala.
•Develop state-of-the-art archives that can be shared by other groups concerned with preserving the history of South Kohala and keeping original documents and photos in our community.
•Build a multi-purpose meeting facility that can be used by community groups.
•Develop a resource center with a library focusing on local history and copies of original documents that may be used for research.
The Foundation was established for charitable, literary and educational purposes including fund raising funds for the construction of the Camp Tarawa Museum and Educational Center.
The Camp Tarawa Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that shares a common mission with Camp Tarawa Detachment # 1255. Many of the Foundation’s members are also members of our 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.
Please make donations payable to the Camp Tarawa Foundation-PO Box 385551-Waikoloa, HI 96738. For more information on donations please contact the Foundation's Chairman & CEO, Mr. Robert Strickland