President’s Message

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future — the poignant theme of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor resonated so true this past December when more than 10,000 people made the long journey to Hawaii to join us in commemorating the anniversary.

Being There: The Obama-Abe Visit to the USS Arizona Memorial

When I first learned from Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell that I would be aboard the admiral’s barge that would take President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe to the site of the USS Arizona’s wreckage and its Memorial … naturally I was thrilled. But at the same time, I understood that I would be a witness to a moment in history that would be remembered in both nations’ memory and that of the world.

Every Kid in a Park

As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, Pacific Historic Parks Education Specialist Jovannalyn Mafnas and National Park Service Lead Ranger Brooke Nevitt are reaching out to all fourth grade teachers and students in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Bringing the Park to the Keiki of Molokai

Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) lies on a peninsula at the bottom of sheer cliffs, with the Pacific Ocean bordering three sides, and is situated along the northern coast of Molokai. It is included in Kalawao County, which has a long-standing restriction against entry for anyone under the age of 16. This creates a hurdle for the park to overcome in order to satisfy the Every Kid in a Park initiative as well as include young students in our centennial celebrations.

Volunteer Repairs Memorial Flagpole

It started with a phone call he almost didn’t answer. When John Hamrick did finally pick up, it was the National Park Service asking if he’d be interested in repairing the flagpole at the USS Arizona Memorial in preparation for the 75th Commemoration ceremonies.

President’s Message

This fall issue of Remembrance conveys a very special message to our members and community as we ramp up to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor this coming Dec. 7th. You see, it was not just an attack on Pearl Harbor … the human story goes beyond the brave men in uniform that day at the Naval Base, Hickam Field, Ewa Field, Kaneohe NAS and Ford Island. There is also an Oahu story that includes American citizens of Japanese ancestry who suffered untold hardship and would end up in a war fought on two fronts.