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STATE OF HAWAII WORLD WAR ONE CENTENNIAL TASK FORCE

The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force is Hawaii’s answer to the call from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission for all U.S. States and Territories to form organizations to lead their State/Territory commemorations.

Who We Are:

On 29 August, 2015, Governor Ige directed the formation of The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force to plan and lead Hawaii’s Commemoration of the First World War. The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force is Hawaii’s answer to the call from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission for all U.S. States and Territories to form organizations to lead their State/Territory commemorations.

The National Commission was established by the World War One Centennial Commission Act, part of Public Law 112-272 passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Obama on January 16, 2013. The National World War One Centennial Commission is responsible for “planning, developing, and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War One; encouraging private organizations and State and local governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the centennial of World War I.” The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force carries out these same tasks for the people of Hawaii.

The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force is composed entirely of volunteers from Hawaii’s Military Veteran, Academic, Professional and Civic organizations. The Hawaii National Guard, Veterans Affairs, and four Veteran organizations are represented in the membership of the Task Force, along with volunteer members from the ranks of academia, industry, and civic organizations. World War I remains America’s forgotten war, even though more Americans gave their lives during that war than during Korea and Vietnam combined. In Hawaii, then a Territory of the United States, over 10,000 men volunteered to serve, and the War touched the lives of nearly all of the citizenry.

TASK FORCE MEMBERS:

Ben Acohido Col (Ret), USA | VFW Previous State Commander

Chuck Anthony, Lt Col, HIANG | Hawaii DOD Public Affairs

Les Bise LTC (Ret) USA | Military Order of World Wars

Brenden Bliss | Instructor, Hawaii Pacific University

Donna L. Ching | Friends of the Natatorium

Rick Egged | Waikiki Improvement Association

Stan Fernandez, CMSgt (Ret), USAF | VFW Previous State Commander

Allen Hoe | Aide to SECARMY

Alex Holowicki | UH Maui College Dept. of History

Bernard Lee | American Legion Representative

Gordon Lee | Kau Tom American Legion Post #11

Ron Lockwood, USMC (Ret) | Commander Waikiki VFW Post

Anita Manning | Task Force Historian (Elks Lodge 616)

Curtis Manchester, LTC (Ret) USAR | Military Order of Foreign Wars

Catherine Miloni, Aloha Chapter | Daughters of the American Revolution

Eric Opheim | Commander of American Legion Post 56

William Parker, CCMSgt, HIANG | Senior Enlisted Advisor, HING

Schoen Safotu |VA Chief Volunteer Services

Robert J. Schleck | Director, Grove Farm Museum, Kauai

Jeffrey Allen Smith | Associate Professor UH Hilo

Art Tulak, COL  (Ret), USA | Task Force Chairman

Fred Wong | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8616

ADVISER:

Ron Han, Col (Ret), HIANG | Director, HI State Office of Veterans’ Services

Our Mission:

Honoring and remembering Hawaii’s military veterans who served during the Great War, we seek to educate Hawaii on our local contributions to the War effort and to help facilitate grass-roots centennial commemorations.

Our Approach:

The Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force seeks to partner with the local community in planning and conducting grassroots commemorations across many communities, to include: The U.S. Armed Forces, Hawaii’s professional and trade communities, Universities and Schools, Civic and Relief Organizations, City Governments, etc. As our research team identifies events of significance that are worthy of commemoration, the Task Force will engage appropriate organizations who keep that history alive, and work to partner for a meaningful commemoration event. The Task Force will advise partner organizations on event planning, and will endorse appropriate events and include them as part Hawaii’s official commemoration program.

Commemoration Sponsors:

We are very thankful to our sponsors who have allowed us to make the Hawaii World War I / Veteran’s Day Commemoration an exciting full-day, free-to-the-public event. Mahalo!

PRESENTING SPONSOR – State of Hawaii

GOLD SPONSORS

  • City & County of Honolulu

  • Friends of the Natatorium

SILVER SPONSORS

  • Alexander & Baldwin

  • Bruce & Jolene McCaw Family Foundation

BRONZE SPONSORS

  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library

  • United States World War One National Commission

  • Veteran’s Affairs Volunteer Services

  • Charlie Harrington

  • Gordon Lee

  • Orin Schlieman, Info Grafix

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