Please click below to watch the video on the 2017 Ihe Award Recipient Allen K. Hoe
In ancient Hawai’i, the warrior who was honored by service to the Chief kept himself in readiness to meet every challenge. Perfect physical condition and mental alertness allowed him to respond quickly to any demand. One symbol of this readiness was the spear, or Ihe, which was always at the warrior’s side.
In the creation of this Ihe Award, artist Umi Kai has enhanced the concept of preparedness by adding the essence of the ‘o’o, the tool utilized by ancient farmers, symbolizing the care and nurturing of the 'aina, the land and its people.
The Ihe is constructed of koa wood, and is supported by a block of ‘ohi’a wood, both unique to Hawai’i. They are strong and solid, and appropriate for the recognition of Hawai’i’s warriors, also known as koa. The base is of specially selected rock to indicate the solid foundation of the ever-ready warrior.
The Hawai’i Army Museum Society presents this award to Allen K. Hoe for his contributions to the military and civilian communities and continued dedicated service to the people of Hawai’i.
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