The purpose of this Remembrance issue is to thank and honor our volunteers by focusing on them and their stories. Like most nonprofits, volunteers are the unsung heroes, the backbone of our organization. Inside, you’ll find stories of how volunteers, including our beloved Pearl Harbor Survivors, perpetuate the legacy of World War II and keep history alive by engaging with visitors from all over the world.
Permanent signs for the new narrated tour were installed in March. Pacific Historic Parks has invested $30,000 for this interpretive program, which focuses on the history, legends, culture, geography, music, plant and animal life at Diamond Head State Monument.
For more than a decade, Aliamanu Elementary School’s student council has raised funds to help restore the Arizona Memorial and the visitor center.
The Art in the Park program started in 2014 and has been a success from the beginning. Pacific Historic Parks (PHP) provided funding to continue this program for fiscal year 2016-2017. Funding from the National Park Service augmented the budget enabling us to further enhance the program.
During the months of March and April, the National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks held the first-ever Art in the Park program at American Memorial Park on Saipan. This program brought local artists to the park to share their craft with the community.
Kerri Inglis, a history professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, first came to Kalaupapa National Historical Park on a service trip with the Sierra Club in the summer of 2000. Seventeen years later, she is still returning, this time with history students in her Disease and Medicine in Hawaii class on a service-learning trip. For the students, it is an adventurous history lesson.
One of the most recent service-learning events I led was titled Project of Preservation. High school student volunteers assisted in cleaning and maintaining historical artifacts owned by the park. Students worked alongside park rangers to learn about and how to care for historical objects.
I got to volunteer at the donation desk at the visitor center over several days and met very dedicated volunteers.
The work at the visitor center not only fulfills all of my dreams but I find it fascinating to be able to meet and talk with people from every corner of the world.
We couldn’t do it without our volunteers.
When I first came to the USS Arizona Memorial in the late summer of 1984, I was surprised to see a handful of Pearl Harbor Survivors volunteering at the visitor center. Their interaction with the visitors and the staff was simply amazing. Their presence validated the historic site as living eyewitnesses to the “Day of Infamy.”
At the urging of my eldest son, I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in the spring of 2001. It had been a very long time since I was last there – and under very different circumstances. Of course, I had mixed emotions. But feeling the solemnity of the site and the reverence visitors gave it, I became more at ease. And after meeting other Pearl Harbor Survivors that day who volunteered there, I decided I would join them – as my son said, it was my duty.
We celebrated Uncle Al’s birthday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in February.
We celebrated Uncle Everett’s birthday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in March.
At each of our parks, national and state, through your generous donations, Pacific Historic Parks is able to support educational, interpretive and scientific programs, through school group visits, outreach programs, Junior Ranger and Reef Ranger programs, and the many ongoing restoration projects.
“Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.”
Your contributions help us meet our mission to ensure that the legacy of the valiant, courageous men and women who served our country during World War II are never forgotten.