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Serving in Paradise: An Illustrative Narrative of the U.S. Military in Hawaii

By Chris Cook

Today, Hawaii is home to over 116,000 U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their dependents. Five major installations as well as 137 other facilities are located in the Islands. Proportionately more Hawaii residents serve in our nation's armed forces than for any other state, and there are over 110,000 veterans living in Hawaii. Defense spending adds almost $15 billion to the state's economy, with 18,000 Department of Defense employees. The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard alone employs nearly 5,000 persons.

Yet, even with such a large military presence, for most Americans, knowledge of the U.S. military in Hawaii is limited to the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. And even fewer know that before Hawaii was officially annexed to be part of the U.S. in 1900, American troops had, on two earlier occasions, landed in the Islands.

Serving in Paradise: An Illustrative Narrative of the U.S. Military in Hawaii shows the evolution of the U.S. military presence in the Islands. After Hawaii's annexation by the U.S. the creation of Fortress Oahu began with its coastal artillery batteries and underground tunnels and the development of Pearl Harbor and other major bases. It details the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and wartime Hawaii, including the impact of war on civilian life and the training of armed forces on all of the Islands. Special attention is given to Hawaii's famed 442nd regiment, and there is also coverage of the rich military heritage of The Kingdom of Hawaii with the great battles fought to unify the Islands.

Serving in Paradise also details Hawaii's war memorials and military museums including Punchbowl National Cemetery, the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, the USS Bowfin, the Pacific Aviation Museum, the U.S. Army Museum in Waikiki and numerous smaller museums. A timeline of military history in Hawaii and a chronology of military bases provide capsule summaries and references to important events. There is also a listing of Medal of Honor winners.

With both vintage and modern photos, Serving in Paradise: An Illustrative Narrative of the U.S. Military in Hawaii brings an important aspect of U.S. and Hawaii history to light showing the mutual importance of the U.S. military to Hawaii and of Hawaii to the U.S. military up to the present time.

Soft cover. 142 pages. Approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

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Pearl Harbor Ornament !



The Sailor's Salute 80th Remembrance Hat is one of the best representations Honoring the United States Navy Men Who Bravely Served
during the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. 'Lest we Forget' those who gave their lives, and those who were forever
maimed by what occurred that horrific Sunday morning. We must also SALUTE not only these men, but those, whom like my father, who spent 48-plus
hours pulling the dead, dying and burning bodies out of the flaming waters of Pearl Harbor. These men have been forever affected by the tapping they heard
coming from the hulls of the destroyed and damaged ships. They did not have the heavy equipment to break through the Hulls to rescue them. It wasn't
until until Christmas Day night when they finally broke through the last ship where the tapping had been heard only to find the last man had died Christmas Eve.
Markings, one per day since the Day of the Attack had been scratched in the chamber walls where the men were found.

This is why this HAT, with this particular emblem, is important in the Memory of the Men of the United States Navy who valiantly gave their all in Defense of the United States and to World Freedom. Those who survived, they did not acquiesce, they fought back with intense resolve. The Japanese officially signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri 2 December 1945 before representatives of 9 allied Nations.

This Hat should forever be the Official one worn every December by all of the United States Naval Forces. Its representation is powerful!

It's quality is laudatory, well thought out and constructed. The individual who created its Emblem deserves to be rewarded for its design.

Captain Donna de Wildt

Too cute not to buy!

On the Small Side

The color and printing on this shirt are fantastic, as is the fabric. The fit, however, is not. My wife normally wears an XL/XXL, but went up to a XXXL as she wanted to be able to use it as a work out shirt and loves these to be loose and long. This one fits more like a small XXL, and is really short. So much so that she is now going to order a mens in hopes of a better fit.

Home of the Free Because of the Brave

My dad served in the United States Navy during WWII and I love Hawaii so it is only fitting that I share these two loves by getting this flag that was flown over Pearl Harbor for the 80th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I am a huge Elvis fan and know that he held a concert which raised $68,000 in early 1960s to get the ball rolling for this memorial to be built. He too was a great patriot.

Amazing artwork

I purchased the print entitled Tree of Life for a friend who has a great interest I. World war 2 history. When I gave him this beautiful work oh art it brought this tough on the outside man to tears. The price is unbelievable for this quality of work.


This makes anyone proud to be an AMERICAN!

Completely satisfied.

USS Nevada BB36 Hat
Sharon A Stingley
USS Nevada The ship that attempted to get out of the harbor on Dec 7 1941.

I love the hat Got one for me and my DAR friend. We both attended the 75 th and 80th Anniversary Memorial of Pearl harbor. With the Honolulu Chapter of the DAR a wreath is placed in memory of our veterans of the Nevada at Hospital Point. Sadly it gets lost in recognition of the Arizona and other ships that day in the harbor and only by belonging to the DAR do we get access to the base to the site to honor our Sailors. I have family that have served in all conflicts since the Revolutionary War. I am very thankful to all our Veterans who provide us with our freedoms still today. Sharon Stingley

Proud too own

I first visited Pearl Harbor in 2005 and bought a flag. In the past 20 years I’ve been fortunate enough to buy many more . It’s an honor to support the Pacific Parks and an honor present an flag that has been flown over the Arizona. We are Arizona residents so it means a lot to us