“Thank You,” Eric Shinseki

Editor’s note: The resignation in late May of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki left many in Hawai‘i with uneasy feelings. Like Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka, the first American astronaut of Japanese...

Retracing “Task Force Fukuda”

This past May, my wife Judy and I joined three other Hawai‘i couples — Ed and Jan Sakoda, Wayne and Carol Matsunaga, and Alvin and Ellie Shimogaki — on a journey to Italy to...

“Mighty Men of Valor”

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy faced each other on June 22 — but the venue was not a football field. Rather, it was the Pömaika‘i Ballroom at the Dole Cannery....

Farewell to “A Very Special Soldier”

Dick Shigemi Hamada of Honolulu died May 27. He was 92 years old. Hamada was born in Kukuihaele on Hawai‘i island and was a retired planner and estimator supervisor at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard...
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Social Security Honors Veterans

In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve in the Armed Forces and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. July is an appropriate month to recognize...

The Education Center — “To Inform and Transform”

Cornerstone. Crowning piece. Heart and soul. For the better part of three decades, that is how many envisioned what is now the Education Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui. The Education Center opened...

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Entering 2014, only two people had served continuously on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center board of directors since its formation in 1991. Now there is one. At the directors’ annual meeting in March, Leonard Oka resigned...

FASTER BENEFIT DECISIONS FOR VETERANS

On Memorial Day, we paid tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. So, it’s a fitting time to share some news about Social Security disability benefits for...

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