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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.

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 Partners:

Commemoration partners are the key to bringing Hawaii’s World War One Commemoration to the people at the grass-roots level. If your organization wishes to commemorate the centennial of a WWI event of importance to Hawaii, contact the Hawaii World War One Centennial Task Force via hawaii@worldwar1centennial.org

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Contact: Hawaii@WorldWar1Centennial.org

Task Force Members

Hawaii WWI Commemoration
Governor David Y. Ige
Honorary Chairman

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Ken Ito, House Dist. 49

Rep. Bob McDermott, Dist. 40


Hawaii WWI Centennial Task Force
Arthur Tulak, COL (Ret), USA

Task Force Chairman
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
Task Force Vice Chair

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

Charlie Harrington, Harrington Publishing

Alex Holowicki, 
UH Maui College Dept. of History

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,
Events Committee Chair
Aloha Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

William Parker, CMSgt, HIANG
Senior Enlisted Advisor, HING

Denis Salle,
Honorary Consul-General, Federal Republic of Germany

Jeffrey Allen Smith, Associate Professor UH Hilo

Fred Wong,
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8616

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


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