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P ULEKINA H A ‘ ILONO (“Sharing of the News” Bulletin)


CEO / President’s Corner Thoughts about Happiness...

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We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life". This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one. So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

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Komo Mai, Anniversaries, Birthdays


Lokahi Work like you don't need the Spotlight: Memorial Day money; dance like no one is watching; sing like no one is lisKina’ole Award tening; love like you've never been hurt; and live life every day The Stick figure as if it were your last. Space Available Old Irish proverb according to some sources...

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Ho’okipa Pulekina Ha’ilono E Komo Mai—Welcome! Cynthia Balderson, Installation Training Officer Craig Batchelder, UXO Technical Writer Jesse Durham, IT Technician John Wrenn, SOTG Team Member Joseph Younk, CRBN-D Equipment Specialist

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Anniversaries Charles Campbell Christopher Greene Dennie Bourbeau Mark Bowers Clement Caneso Amber Cazimero James Spray Dillard Spray Nuialapati Uperesa Megan Noyes David Molettieri

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No. of Years

4/1/2008 5/1/2008 5/19/2008 6/2/2008 6/2/2008 6/2/2008 6/2/2008 6/2/2008 6/2/2008 6/4/2008 6/19/2008

F&ES SME Sales & Service Rep C3P Manager (Public Safety Prg Manager) Program Manager - Ops & Readiness Installation Readiness & Training Coordinator Lead Technician Technician Tire Sales & Service Representative Manager Installation & Maintenance Div Technician Administrative Analyst III Battle Watch Specialist

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Hau’oli La Hanau—Happy Birthday! David Butler Mark Brunette Mary Allen Noel Martinez Reyes Matt Keith Calvin Woolard Craig Batchelder Rudolpho "Rudy"Navor Chad Payeur

April 2nd April 7th April 16th April 23rd April 29th April 29th May 21st May 25th May 26th

Clement Caneso Michael Bradford Dennie Bourbeau David Aponte Alan Davis, Sr James Spray Christopher Greene Ivan Felix Siosifa Koka

May 30th May 31st June 2nd June 5th June 18th June 19th June 22nd June 23rd June 28th

Awarded Contracts Current Open Contracts = 44 Awarded contracts (April-June) = 15 Of those awarded contracts, 8 were renewed contracts.

Closed contracts (April-June) = 10 Contracts being actively pursued = 51

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Ho’okipa Pulekina Ha’ilono Word of the day… Lōkahi (Loh-kah-hee) Todd Finnigan From California to New York State, certain words draw people in. Fresh. New. Power… Soft, Beautiful, Precision. Certain words just seem to have universal appeal. And everyone wants to be associated with, perhaps in alignment with them. You might say they have “Buzz.” In Hawaii, Lōkahi is this way. You see it used everywhere. From hotels to non-profits raising money for the needy to defense contractors. It is in fact one of our core values. The closest synonyms in English seem to be harmony or unity. But that doesn’t account for it’s almost magical popularity in Hawaii. The meaning, it turns out, runs very deep; expressed as an equation: (Lo; To Obtain, to get ) + (Kahi; One Unit, togetherness, to make one.) = Bring Together as one.

In Hawaii, open ocean canoe racing is a favorite sport. Here, Lōhaki is meshing ones skills with the team, the environment, and even with Nature. The winning team is the one with good steering, where every member paddles hard, with consistent rhythm and pace. Such a victory is a symbol of unity of teamwork and harmony with the ocean. No one individual wins the race. Lokahi, seeks to gain individual readiness, collaboration and cooperation. The modern economy capitalizes on economies of scale, and division of labor to boost productivity. Effectiveness or even efficiency does not always improve as a result. Lōkahi reaches beyond these, seeking harmony between co-workers, vendors and customers. Lōkahi is workers who strive to work with their peers in the best possible way. It is great managers who expect this, and foster it. Excerpts from: Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say. For more information the author and the book go to: The book can also be purchased at

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I heard an old Hawaiian man describe Lōkahi as the empty space inside a vase… as the hole that a door fits into. One cannot exist without the other, one cannot achieve its purpose and function without the other. All parts are necessary to achieve harmony and unity. Break the vase, and it is worthless…it has no Lōkahi.

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NHV Spotlight Remembering all the Veterans, Past & Present Excerpted from “War Hero E-mail goes Worldwide But Who Really Wrote It? (Tom Giusto, ABC News) See

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The following email was originally unsigned. It has been attributed to many, including Maj. Gen. Ret. Chuck Yeager. Its source was a mystery until ABC News identified the author—Mark Pfiefer. Mark met Shifty by chance in the Philadelphia airport sometime around 2002. Mark, who worked for Dow Jones at the time he met Shifty, had no idea the email would take on a life of its own. He just wanted those who received it to hold a private moment of silence. Shifty’s daughter received the original of this email from Mark on July 7th, 2009, the day after D-Day. When ABC News called Shifty’s daughter, she was happy to talk about her dad, and said up until his last days “Shifty”, a humble man, enjoyed spending time talking with soldiers. He was supposed to visit soldiers in Iraq, but never made it because of his health.

appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them. I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat. Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 .. . . " at which point my heart skipped. At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . The Email Reads: We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services. I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers. Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character

Do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped. I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

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I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say. I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer. There was no parade. No big event in Staples Center. No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage. No weeping fans on television. And that's not right. Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans. Rest in peace, Shifty. Mark Pfiefer Editors Note: As a result of this email, thousands of people organized into a virtual memorial service for Shifty on July 20th. Shifty now has a page at

Flanders Field

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

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He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

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Governor’s Annual JROTC Kina’ole Award Award Sponsored by Kina’ole Foundation Story by USARPAC Public Affairs Photos by By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Shepherd U.S. Army, Pacific, Public Affairs Office FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Approximately 800 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from 26 high schools were honored during the 27th Annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony on historic Palm Circle April 30.

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Top cadets from each high school were awarded the JROTC Kina’ole award from Hawaii Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr. and congratulated by the ceremony’s host, Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, Commanding General, United States Army, Pacific. “This is a tremendous privilege for me to be a part of the Kina’ole award ceremony which recognizes and honors the achievements of these outstanding cadets what I would describe as the best of the best,” Aiona said. “I would like to take the time to acknowledge and thank all of you who are part of (JROTC.) You have not only provided these young men and women with one of the best character and leadership programs in Hawaii, but you have modeled through your words and actions the essence of what I call principled leadership.” According to Title 10, Section 2031 of the United States Code, the purpose of JROTC is ‘to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.’

Lt. Gov. presents JROTC Kina'ole Award Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon & Puni Akana (Lt. Col. Ret.) NHV COO assists with presentations

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Governor’s Annual JROTC Kina’ole Award Award Sponsored by Kina’ole Foundation “Cadets on the field, you have been provided valuable skills that will serve you well,” Mixon said. “Whether you pursue a career in the military, government, politics or the corporate business world, Junior ROTC is a great place to become ingrained with the qualities that lead to success; teamwork, discipline and service. “We want to have good, dedicated citizens, and that is certainly what this program typifies and instills from the various members of the cadre who are involved in the development of these great, young Americans.” According to the Kina’ole Foundation, “the concept of Kina’ole can be best described as ‘flawlessness,’ and this award as befitting one who has done the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling, the first time.” “I think the biggest thing I learned during JROTC was how important communication is,” said Cadet Lt. Col. Mikael Torres, senior at Waipahu High School. “It’s most definitely something I will use when I graduate.”

Also during the ceremony, each high school had a chance to demonstrate their drill and ceremony skills during a “pass in review” in honor of their distinguished guests. While marching to the music of the Pacific Fleet Band, units were judged by members of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club to determine the best marching unit. Command Sgt. Maj. George Duncan, command sergeant major, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, presented Campbell High School with the Best Marching Unit trophy. Kalaheo High School and McKinley High School rounded out the top three. “The best part of this ceremony was meeting the General and the Lieutenant Governor,” said Cadet Lt. Col. Trey Livingston, senior at Konawaena High School. “I think this award is a great accomplishment because I worked hard for the last four years, and this proves that it was worth it.”

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“I know how much JROTC has meant to him over the last four years and this is quite an accomplishment,” said Mikael’s mother, Staff Sgt. Jean Torres, U.S. Army, Pacific. “I am so proud of him.”

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DOES THE STICKFIGURE HAVE A NAME? From Dave Bean: One of my co-workers stumped me with a question: what is the name of the figure that represents NHV? It appears to be a Hawaiian warrior of some sort, and figures prominently in the Kina'ole Foundation logo as well. Can you help?

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Dave Bean CNIC/N7, Shore Force Training Center

Answer: It's a petroglyph of a Hawaiian Warrior holding a canoe paddle above his head. Only one image is used to represent NHV. The pyramiding 3 images of the Kina'ole Foundation is to show the effort of multiple companies working together to give back to the community through the foundation. Puni Akana, COO/FSO

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Past features have included accomplishments at work, children's sports team accomplishments, perspectives on recent events, and just about anything else legal. Here is a quick photo flashback on past issues…..

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No, we’re not talking about MAC space available flights! We want to hear about and feature what you are doing in your area of NHV. If you have a story, or recent highlights and events in your area, let us know, we will feature it in the next issue of the newsletter.

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Founding Core Values Ohana—the circle of those who are family and those chosen as family Alaka‘i—leading with initiative and by setting a good example Kina‘ole—doing the right thing, the right way, the first time

Newsletter Staff: Rudy Navor, Lucianna Pikelny-Lawrence, Michelle Ponce, Todd Finnigan

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Lokahi—working together to achieve more Ho‘okipa—sharing with our ohana and our community

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