DFS Hawaii Hosts Hawaii 5:01 at Pacific Aviation Museum

L-R: PAM Exec Dir Ken DeHoff, Japanese Aviator Saburo Kawabe, PAM staff Gary Meyers, Acting CG Kazunari Tanaka, Japanese Aviator Shiro Wakita, JASH President Ed Hawkins, Honorary Consul of Finland Katja Silvera

L-R: PAM Exec Dir Ken DeHoff, Japanese Aviator Saburo Kawabe, PAM staff Gary Meyers, Acting CG Kazunari Tanaka, Japanese Aviator Shiro Wakita, JASH President Ed Hawkins, Honorary Consul of Finland Katja Silvera

Over 60 JASH members and guests attended a “Hawaii 5:01” networking event at the refurbished and updated Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island on September 26. The event, sponsored by DFS Hawaii, was an opportunity for JASH members and guests to get to know each other better, and to enjoy the beautifully crafted exhibits of this world-class aviation museum in the Pacific region. This time, JASH invited members of the Consular Corps of Hawaii to experience this event and learn about the work the museum is doing to educate people about the patriotism, heroism, and sacrifice made by Americans during the defense of freedom in the Pacific. Many of the displays focused on first conflict with and then friendship with Japan. As to press home this point, the PAM staff welcomed two visiting Japanese WW II naval aviators who were on hand to share their stories. Admiral Ron Hays, PAM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors made welcoming remarks and urged the attendees to tour all the facilities, to include the new hanger 79 where latest acquisitions are being displayed. 

JASH would like to thank the sponsor for the event, DFS Hawaii, who provided the catered food and drinks for the attendees, and to the Pacific Aviation Museum for opening their facilities for an exclusive evening of seeing airplanes and aviation items presented in historic, real-life detail and dynamism. As PAM Executive Director Ken DeHoff said, “This is not a ‘park and plaque’ museum, it’s a learning museum.”