On Highway 19 at the southern edge of WAIMEA town, a simple, poignant CAMP TARAWA MONUMENT honors the 50,000 WWII Pacific Battle veterans who passed through Waimea during the war. Today’s pastureland was then a tent city, where WWII battle-weary combatants rested and regrouped before reporting back to the field. Many enduring friendships were forged between residents and soldiers, and the monument is testimony to a two-way flow of aloha.