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2016 Ihe Award - Carole Kai Onouye

Thursday November 3, 2016
7 a.m. Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel

The Hawai’i Army Museum Society (HAMS) is pleased to announce that we will honor Carole Kai Onouye for her sustained, outstanding public service to Hawai’i’s military and civilian communities. The Society will present the Ihe Award during our traditional Sunrise Breakfast Celebration on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7 a.m. in the Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel.

The Ihe Award will be presented to Mrs. Carole Kai Onouye for her special efforts on behalf of our military - active and reserve components, veterans, and their families - in conjunction with her care and concern for the broader community of Hawaii. Carole Kai Onouye has been a strong voice and supporter of the military in Hawaii and is a frequent presence at military functions and ceremonies around the island. Wherever she goes and at every opportunity, she reminds her audiences, large and small, of the value and sacrifices of those who serve. She donated her time and boundless energy to serve as co-chair of the “Keep Hawaii’s Heroes” campaign. Through Carole Kai Charities (including the Great Aloha Run) donations are made to Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs and a multitude of military charities. Carole has been a strong supporter of USO deployment operations and HAMS events.

We would be honored to have you, your family, friends, or organization join us in feting Carole Kai Onouye by sponsoring or hosting a table at our celebration. Of course, we also invite you to attend as an individual or group of individuals should that be your preference.

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2016 Ihe Award

Please click on the following link for 2016 Ihe Reservation Form to reserve a table or individual seats.
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Hawaii Stars presents: U.S. Army in Hawaii, a Brilliant Past, an Exciting Future

General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, talks about the early history of the army in Hawaii. The late Senator Daniel K. Inouye offers his thoughts about our men and women in uniform. We get personal account of the "Lost Battalion" from 91 year old Whitey Yamamoto, 442 Anti-Tank Co., a heart wrenching story from Vietnam Vet, Warren Barshes, about his life returning home from war, and 90 year old Thomas “Toshi” T. Nakano, talks about what he gained and learned from being in the army. Mr. Yamamoto and Mr. Barshes volunteer at the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii and Mr. Nakano is the Hawaii Army Museum Society’s expert craftsman who has designed and constructed nearly all of the exhibits in the museum.

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What's New

Changing Gallery Features New Exhibit : "America's Secret Weapon: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service"

The exhibit reveals the little-known story of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry who waged war against their parents' homeland in World War II as members of the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service. These "Nisei" – second generation Japanese Americans – used their knowledge of the enemy's language and culture to give America a priceless edge that shortened the war and saved countless lives.

Open to the Public.

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Visit the Museum

Audio Tours Now Available

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is very pleased to now offer Audio Tours to enhance your visit to the Museum. You may rent one of the audio tours for $5 each. They are available in English and Japanese!

For Museum members the Audio Tour is available for $2.50 and adds new dimensions to your visit.

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Special Offer: 25% Off
"A History of Punchbowl, Arlington of the Pacific"

A History of Punchbowl, Arlington of the Pacific

Special offer of 25% off the regular price of $19.95 is now for sale at $14.95. This is one of the very few books detailing the history of this beautiful memorial often referred to as the Arlington of the Pacific. Now designated as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the last resting place for many of America's fallen servicemen and women, Punchbowl is also a volcanic crater. Autographed copies available upon request. Click here to Order Online >>

West Point "Go Army" Aloha Shirt

West Point Go Army Aloha Shirt

West Point Go Army Aloha Shirt

The West Point Society of Hawaii's 2013 "Go Army" Aloha Shirt for men and women is available for preorder. This high quality Aloha shirt depicts some of the most famous images from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Take pride in the Army team and celebrate West Point's heritage. The shirt can be worn outside or as we say in the islands, "Aloha Neat", by tucking in.

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Video Introduction to the Museum
Video Introduction to the Museum

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Visit the U.S. Army Museum Hawaii

Here at the U.S. Army Museum Hawaii the biggest artifact is the building itself. The museum is housed in Battery Randolph a massive reinforced concrete emplacement with roofs as much as 12 feet thick. The battery was built around 1911 for two 14 inch guns that could fire projectiles as far as 14 miles. It was part of a coastal defense system that was to protect Honolulu Harbor from invasion. Watch the video for more information.

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Public Programs and Events

The Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) was pleased to fund the new exhibit in the Rotating Gallery which honors the service of Nisei linguists and the . The exhibit, “America’s Secret Weapon, Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II”, had its grand opening on Saturday, March 28, 2015. HAMS was also pleased to provide travel arrangements for keynote speaker, Dr. James McNaughton, author of the book “Nisei Linguist”.

HAMS’ long time master craftsman, Thomas T. “Toshi” Nakano, is featured in the exhibit and in a local news broadcast. Toshi is an MIS veteran and his work in koa is on display not only in the new exhibit, but also throughout the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii.”

The MIS exhibit, which was produced by Mark Matsunaga, Gregg Hirata, and Harlan Yuhara, can be viewed in the first gallery of the museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.”

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Honoring the MIS veterans in World War II >>
America's Secret Weapons revealed >>

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MIS Veterans will hold national reunion March 27-28, 2015 >>

Public Programs and Events

The Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation, chartered since 1976, whose sole mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Ft. DeRussy. This is a non-federal entity and is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.

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