Hawaii to the East Coast and Back

I started Keawe Adventures and Fly Fishing Hawaii in 2008 after serving 10 years in the military. In 1998 I was accepted into the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Road Island. In the summer of 1999, I found myself checking into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. This was my first experiences with the humidity, snow, and a robust academic schedule. As a Hawaiian from the rural town of Hilo, Hawaii, I was not accustom to the people, academic workload, and everything else the East Coast had to offer.  I adjusted quickly and set my sights on accomplishing anything the Academy threw at me.  Then, on September 11, 2001, the world changed with the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

I was walking out of Ocean Engineering in Rickover Hall when I saw the commotion around a television on my way to my next class.  The second plane had just hit the World Trade Center.   I was a sophomore in the midst of my Systems Engineering degree with very little knowledge of Afghanistan, including its geographical location.  War was coming.  The Academy was on lockdown and classes were cancelled.  Everyone was on their phones.  There was a buzz of uncertainty.  We needed to talk to someone, I needed to call home, 4770 miles away, and let my parents and my sisters know I was ok. The phones lines were saturated with calls. Getting someone on the line was difficult.

Makani:  “Mom, did you see what happened?”

Mom: “No.”

Makani:  “Turn on the TV.”

Mom:  “Oh shit, holy moly, holy moly, Geez!”

Makani: “I’m ok everything will be fine.  I love you.  Let the rest of the family know I’m ok.”

Mom:  “Ok.  Are you sure you are ok?”

Makani:  “Yes, I’m fine.  I think a bunch of us are going to play tackle football.  Don’t worry! Everything will be fine.  I gotta go now.  Let everyone know I love them.”

This wouldn’t be the last conversation or email with family or loved ones explaining that everything was ok.  But this moment, September 11, 2001 was seared into my memory.  It was a surreal moment when the realities of why we were there started to sink-in.  For the next two and a half years, I worked hard on academics, but my path had changed.  I thought long and hard about my systems engineering major, and decided to change my major to Oceanography.  There was no need for systems engineer where I was going.

My last year at the academy, 2002-2003, I decided to be a part of “the few, the proud, the Marines.”  Out of a class of 1000, only 160 signed up to join the Marines. We went through many interviews just to be considered. At the time, it seemed like they were only taking the best of the Academy.  I was nervous, and thought I might not get in.  There was no way, I wanted to be on a ship, but  I thought that would be torture, to see the ocean everyday and not be able to fish or surf.  A few years later, I realized that during the time of war, enrollment into the Marines drops significantly, and the Marines may have been taking anyone willing at that time.

In 2003, I graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelors of Science degree in Oceanography. I removed my summer whites and downed the Marine Corps Dress Blues. My mother and sisters pinned my shiny new second lieutenant bars on my lapels.  It was only two and a half years ago when I had the conversation with my mother letting her know everything will be fine.  Joining the Marines affected them in many ways, but they didn’t show it. They knew that when the twin towers were attacked, I would go to war.

I started my training at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.  I knew for a fact that I do not like the cold.  This point was reaffirmed during our week long tactical movement through the forest of Quantico. It was early fall going into winter, and the weather started to move south.  A few cold fronts had already moved through, but in Virginia the temperature would drop to 32 and back up to 70 degrees the next day. It looked like it was going to be okay.

The first and second day of the week-long exercise consisted of a 20+ mile march with our 60lb packs, Mount Training, and Convoy Operation.  The mount facility is a bunch of cement buildings, where we would practice breaching the building and killing everyone inside. We simulated the exercise by converting each weapon to fire 9-mm paintball rounds.  We split into teams and took turns being the aggressor and the defender. There was nothing to convoy operations! We loaded the vehicles and when someone yelled contact right, we stoped the vehicle, off loaded, and returned fire.

The third day, we patrolled all day.   Walking through the forest setting up Op-Orders based on intel that our cadre would feed us.  We practiced digging fox holes, we practiced navigation, we practiced hand signals.   We practiced everything in the Marine Corps manual for infantry men.

With less than a couple hours of sleep a night, I found myself losing track of how many days we were in the field. We conducted live fire exercises, while moving by day and by night. This made everyone nervous. There was always a chance of some Lieutenant tripping and discharging his weapon in the wrong direction.  It is a good thing we had safety instructors keeping us online. After a while, I started to feel more at ease with the live fire exercise.  It started to grow on me.   Having a live round in the chamber and shooting our weapons amongst a platoon of second lieutenants started to feel normal.

The next day, we started walking again. This time it started raining.  We got to our objective and set up an ambush position.  Everyone started to dig foxholes to set up their defensive position with their standard issued E-Tool.  The E-Tool is an entrenching tool, which probably has not changed much since WWII.  At this point the sky turned dark, and then we heard a crack in the air.   It started pouring!   You could see lightning bolts jumping all around us.  Hitting trees not far from our position.   The hair on my arms started to stand up.  We had just survived live-fire training, now this?  The lightning got so bad, that our cadre had us stack our rifles.  Everything was soaked!  This was my first experience with hail.   Small balls of ice pelted our position for a good 5 minutes. Then, the temperature dropped.  The rain turned into snow.   And every puddle turned into ice within hours. Everything wet froze.  I promise, leather boots are not waterproof, as they seem to be.  It wasn’t long before we got our next order to move out.

During one of the final movements of the exercise, everyone was issued laser-tag equipment.  Our weapons were rigged with a laser that would fire every time we fired a blank round.  We reached our ambush location in the evening.  The winds started to pick up.  The winds were strong and it was cold!  From what was reported, the wind-chill that night was minus 17 degrees.  To this day, I am not a fan of the cold.

Our training at The Basic School prepared us for war and leading Marines. This is only a small portion of the training required by young Marine Officers. Each of us were soon deploying to our units around the country to be a part of the War on terrorism. Our training imbued the concept that every Marine is a rifleman. No matter your specialty, you are trained to be a rifleman first.

My job, or specialty, was Supply Officer or the Military Occupation Code (MOS) 3002.  When asked by the instructor what I wanted to do in the fleet, I responded, “I want the hardest job, I want the job people get fired from.” Without hesitation the instructor responded, “Supply Office.”  I’ll take it.  I continued my follow-on training at Camp Johnson, North Carolina. Where I studied supply chain management.  Then, headed back to Hawaii for my first duty station.

Within four months of arriving at my first unit and checking into the Third Battalion, Third Marines we deployed to Afghanistan. The four months leading up to the deployment, I worked had. This was the first time that everything I did impacted a battalion of 1500 Marines. Contracts for training in 29 palms, contracting at Pohakuloa, transportation, Sapi Plates (body armor), up armor for vehicles, and a ton of individual equipment ordered and delivered before we arrived in Afghanistan. To this point of my life, these four months were the hardest I had ever worked. We were the first Marine unit to deploy to War from Hawaii. This was the main reason I started the company in 2008.

I was back in Hawaii, but not really.

To be continued…

This is Why we Hire Veterans

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Staff Sergeant Fernando Anguira, United States Army, Retired, Keawe Adventures Tour Guide, http://www.keaweadventures.com

Keawe Adventures takes pride in hiring military veterans and assisting in the transition between military service and civilian life. We proudly employ veterans from the Navy, Army, and Marines, including those that have served in combat. Our veterans are eager to learn and share their experiences. They demonstrate great discipline and leadership established through situations they were faced with at young ages. They take great pride in their service, which reflects in the way they conduct themselves and their positive actions in the community. Their experiences provide a unique dynamic while visiting historical sites on the island such as Pearl Harbor.

One of these individuals is Staff Sergeant Fernando Angueira, a 3rd generation military veteran who served 5 back-to-back combat tours in the infantry in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

During his time in the military, Fernando served in the 10th Mountain Division from 2002 to 2006 and then with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team from 2006 to 2014. Staff Seargent Fernando Angueira held honorable positions such as team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant. He has received multiple valor awards for his actions while serving.

While on a convoy during the elections in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Fernando Angueira’s Convoy was ambushed with a combination Improvised Explosive Device (IED) crippling his convoy and direct fire from multiple locations.  One of the Humvees got hit by the IED and flipped, trapping the soldiers inside. Fernando rushed to the vehicle to save his fellow men. While under heavy fire, he was able to medically assist his soldiers, while at the same time engaging and directing return fire to multiply enemy locations.  While directing the repositioning of vehicles, another IED exploded injuring more soldiers.  During this Chaotic episode he was able to demonstrate leadership to suppress the enemy and regain control of the situation.  For his action he was awarded the bronze star with Valor (V-Device).

During another deployment in Helmand Province, Staff Sergeant Fernando Anguiera again put himself in harms-way, risking life and limb. While serving at a combat outpost, the area came under indirect fire.  Staff Sergeant Anguieras’ squad served as the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) when indirect fire landed within the compound causing multiple casualties.  One round hit a field medical compound, a refitted shipping container, where soldiers were in the process of rendering aid to a soldier who was shot earlier in the day.  The round exploded injuring four and claiming the life of one soldier.   One of the wounded soldiers ran into the Tactical Operation Center to relay the situation to Staff Sergeant Fernando Angueira, who took immediate action, rushing to the scene with his squad to render first aid until medical personnel arrived. Once first aid was established, he maneuvered his squad to a section of the combat outpost where enemy attempted to breach the base.   Under Staff Sergeant Fernando Anguiera’s leadership he was able to direct small arms fire to repel the enemy and secure the combat outpost.  His training, leadership, and compassion for his fellow soldier are admirable traits and integral to his character.

While serving in the infantry, Fernando encountered many similar situations that have changed his life forever. He was away from his family for up to 16 months at a time, 5 years in a row, on back-to-back deployments. While deployed, Fernando was expecting a child and was sent home for 2 months to witness the birth of his son. Shortly after, he returned to war, risking his life for another 14 months.

Fernando’s stories, like many others who have deployed, sear prominent images in our minds. As military veterans, these experiences never leave us. We carry them for life. Many veterans choose to dissociate themselves or bottle their emotions, but we believe in sharing our experiences and building camaraderie. Through Keawe Adventures, our military veterans find a productive way to channel themselves, using their experiences to provide new insight and perspectives during tours. We find that it is not only meaningful for our guests to hear these personal stories, but for our veterans to be able to share them.

As a business owner of Keawe Adventures, and a veteran myself, our goal is not only to help by hiring veterans, but to offer them a way to continue to make a difference in the community. We encourage our veterans to work with the community and share their stories as a way to grow and recover from these intense combat situations.

Returning from deployment and facing the realities of civilian life is a jarring experience. The amount of personal sacrifice takes a toll mentally and physically. These individuals experience things the majority of the population will never understand, yet they come back to society willing to work hard and assimilate.

We are proud of what Staff Sergeant Fernando Angueira and our other veterans have accomplished for our country. He continues to display great discipline, leadership, and compassion, by always putting the welfare of others before himself. Fernando has medically retired from military service and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii. His ability to always seek improvement is a testament of his character and drive.

These are only two of the many stories Fernando shares with us at Keawe Adventures.  These stories from our combat veterans that demonstrate sacrifice and duty to country.  Keep in mind the next time you are on a tour with Keawe Adventures, you may be with one of our veterans.    Take the opportunity to ask questions and witness firsthand what sacrifice for a country means, from those who have served themselves.

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Discover The Rich History of Oahu

With only 4% of Oahu developed, 96% of the island remains free from the urban sprawl. Hawaii is home to over 1.4 million individuals, with the majority of the population centered in Honolulu. Within the city lies Hawaii’s heart of tourism, Waikiki, known for its popular surf beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

On our Island Tours, you will see the landscape change from downtown sky scrapers to lush jungle and untamable mountains within minutes. Uncover the dynamic history of the island while exploring the most breathtaking sites the Oahu has to offer.

The Koolau mountain range runs up the Eastern side of the island, blanketed in dense jungle. These towering mountains and steep cliffs seem impassible. Yet, at a lower rising area of the Koolau mountains lies the Nu’uanu Pali, which connects Honolulu to the Eastern Coast.

Positioned on a cliff off the Winward side of the Koolau mountians, the Pali Lookout offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the coastal area below, including Kaneohe Bay and Kailua. This site is rich in both natural and military history, as well as cultural significance. Since ancient times, the Nu’uanu Pali has served as a vital connection between the Winward and leeward sides of the Koolau mountains. It is here that the bloodiest battle in Hawaiian history was fought, as King Kamehameha lead his warriors in a battle against Chief Kalanikupule’s men, forcing them to leap from the cliff to their deaths below.

The Nu’uanu Pali is a perfect example of how Oahu’s natural landscape shaped the historical development of the Island. Each location in Hawaii is unique with beautiful scenery and untapped history, just waiting for you to uncover these hidden discoveries.

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Your Guide To Booking Tours Online

Booking your Pearl Harbor tour online can be challenging. From choosing the right website to assessing the quality, you can quickly become inundated with information.

After 10 years of running our business, we are focusing more on our web presence. The majority of our tours are booked by individuals who are referred to us by friends or other local businesses. Because we saw a dip in the 2018 high-end market for a variety of reasons, hurricane and volcano included, we have evolved as a company by making our tours more available on different platforms.

After a simple web search of companies offering private tours to Pearl Harbor, I was pleasantly surprised to see Keawe Adventures on the front page. I also noticed a handful of other sites that are 3rd party booking sites, rather than tour operators. We use 3rd parties ourselves, partnering with TravelShack to book our group tours.

One quick search for ‘Pearl Harbor Tours’ results in a barrage of listings from tour operators and 3rd party sites that can be confusing to navigate. Here are some tips to help you in your quest to find the perfect Pearl Harbor Tour and all the right information.

  1. Identify the official websites for each attraction at Pearl Harbor.

To gather all of the correct information, you will want to first look at the official websites for each Pearl Harbor Monument. While they are all encompassed under the Pearl Harbor Park, each monument is a separate entity, including the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, USS Missouri, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Each monument has their own set of rules and policies. For example, children under 4 years are not permitted on the USS Bowfin Submarine, however they are allowed at other sites. My kids (age 2, 4, and 6) personally enjoy the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum the most. You may want to consider these factors while deciding which sites you want to visit.

Each site provides information on tickets and other services they offer. If you are booking through a tour operator or 3rd party site, tickets will often be included in the price and secured for you prior to the tour. However, if you are planning on visiting the park independently, each site requires a ticket for admission, which vary in price.

It is also worth noting that all sites within Pearl Harbor have restrictions on bags or other items that may provide concealment. Because Ford Island is an active military installation, bags are not allowed within any vehicle entering the site. Being aware of such policies is vital to properly planning your visit and avoiding any unanticipated situations.

Below is a list of official websites for each Pearl Harbor museum or park.

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PearlHarborHistoricSites.org
PearlHarborVisitorCenter.org
USSArizonaMemorial.org
Bowfin.org
USSMissouri.org
PearlHarborAviationMuseum.org

  1. Know the difference between tour operators and 3rd party booking sources.

Tour operators partner with 3rd party booking sites to market and sell their products on a larger platform. Third party booking sites can provide easy organization and marketing tools, as well as a simplified e-commerce interface, making it easier for you to receive direct confirmation with all the appropriate information in one place.

We partner with TravelShack to book our group tours of Pearl Harbor and the Island of Oahu. Their clean and simple website provides guests with an efficient way to gather information and book their tour. TravelShack helps us create a user-friendly guest experience, so we can focus even more on the logistics of planning exceptional tours.

Check out our tours on TravelShack’s website here.

It is often possible to book tours directly through the tour operators, yet sometimes it is a more viable option to book with a 3rd party agent. It is always a good idea to cross check the 3rd party booking site with the company they are representing. This way, you can trust the service you are purchasing is legitimate and worth your time.

When in doubt or overwhelmed, it never hurts to reach out directly to the tour operator to answer some of your questions. At Keawe Adventures, we pride ourselves on offering our personal touch to every tour and we are excited to help you plan your adventure.

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The Small Group Tour Advantage

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Enjoying the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum with the Family

Many of the tours available in Hawaii cater to larger groups, which may leave you fighting for space as the group piles into the bus. Large group tours have unavoidable delays between activities, precious time spent waiting for the group to assemble or disembark. In a large group, you miss out on the opportunity to establish a personal connection with your guide and are left essentially paying for an over-priced transportation service.

At Keawe Adventures, we offer small group tours of Pearl Harbor and the Island of Oahu that accommodate groups of 8 individuals or less.

Although some of our vehicles can fit 14 people, we are adamant that comfort is a top priority, which is why we limit our tours to just 8 individuals. We invite you to stretch out, get comfortable, and enjoy the views. We don’t want you to miss a thing. Our small tours guarantee you won’t be fighting for window space in our luxury vehicles.

Limiting our tour size to 8 individuals allows us to create a more intimate experience with our guests. Our expert team of local historians, veterans, and professional guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge. In a small group setting, they are able to add more information, humor, and personal-touch to their tours.

While we are happy to accommodate larger groups upon request, the majority of our group tours are small. This allows us to focus on creating the best possible tour experiences. Our tours are designed to be engaging, efficient, and entertaining because we believe establishing personal connections is the best way to create meaningful memories.

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Experience Pearl Harbor With An Expert

Planning your trip to Pearl Harbor can seem overwhelming if you are not sure what to expect. Visiting the park with a tour guide not only eliminates the stress of planning but will enhance the overall experience. There is a wide range of tour options available in Hawaii, but the quality varies. A good tour guide brings history to life, which is why Keawe Adventures proudly employs an expert team of veterans, historians, and professional guides who are passionate about their craft. Our team’s expertise and personal attention to detail guarantees that we have the best Pearl Harbor tour guides in Hawaii.

With over 1.6 million people visiting Pearl Harbor each year, it is one of the most iconic spots in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor consists of four sites, including the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Each of these sites are unique to one aspect of the United States’ involvement World War II and contain a wealth of knowledge.

Visiting Pearl Harbor on your own is possible but will limit your experience in terms of time and information. Planning your visit can prove to be difficult, as it involves navigating how and when to purchase tickets, as well as determining how much time you will spend at each site.

The most popular site at Pearl Harbor, The Arizona Memorial, requires tickets for admission. If you plan to visit on your own, you should reserve tickets online at least two months in advance. The tickets themselves are free but will cost $1.00 to reserve online. If you are unable to secure tickets prior to your visit, walk-up tickets are still available on the day you arrive. However, it is best to arrive as early as possible. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center opens at 7am and it is not uncommon for individuals to begin lining up at 6:30am. You may receive a ticket time for much later in the day and be stuck waiting for hours.

If you visit Pearl Harbor with our tour guides, the tickets will be secured for you ahead of time. We will plan your visit, so you are not wasting time standing in lines or waiting to view the Arizona Memorial. Our guides can expertly adjust your schedule, which allows you to spend the right amount of time at each site.

As with any museum, there are informational displays placed throughout the park explaining the events of Pearl Harbor. There are also narrated head-set tours available for an additional cost. Both are informative but limit the amount of information you are able to absorb. If you are traveling with kids, they may easily lose interest and want to move on to the next attraction. There is a lot to see at the park and it may be easy to overlook the details and quickly move to the next monument that catches your eye.

When you visit Pearl Harbor with our guides, they will bring history to life in front of you. Our expert guides can point out small details and artifacts that you may overlook. This knowledge allows you to view the area with a different set of eyes and emotions that you cannot get from a headset or reading a display. By setting aside those distractions, we can fill your day with historical information, personal experiences, and an in-depth knowledge that can only be learned over time.

Exploring Pearl Harbor in a small group tour is the best way to make sure your visit is engaging, informational, and time efficient. Our guides will enhance your visit by painting a vivid picture of the events leading up to the attack. We will set the world stage and explain how each country’s ideas and agenda contributed to the events of World War II. Our goal is to help answer the ultimate question: Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?

Our small group tours allow you to ask questions and get to know your tour guide. The experience becomes more personable and conversational, allowing you to fully understand and explore the park.

Pearl Harbor is more than a historic site. It is an intricate story of courage, personal sacrifice, and national freedom. The experience you have at Pearl Harbor depends entirely on how you plan your visit. The park is overflowing with history and emotion that are enhanced by the presence of an expert guide. With Keawe Adventures, you will create meaningful memories and expand your knowledge of world history. It is through these personal experiences that the history of Pearl Harbor is preserved.

Before planning your trip, click here to meet our expert tour guides.

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Traveling to Pearl Harbor With Kids

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The Island of Oahu offers a spectacular range of activities for families with kids of all ages. However, the majority of group tours in Hawaii are between 10 – 11 hours long. This can be challenging for parents traveling with younger children, as these long tour hours often lie beyond kid’s attention spans. Attractions like Pearl Harbor can seem especially intimidating to parents worried that their children will lose interest.

Keawe Adventures offers shorter tours for the best way to effectively experience the island without the long hours. You shouldn’t have to spend your vacation time waiting in lines or sitting on a bus waiting for the rest of the tour group. Our tours are designed to be more engaging for families with younger kids by allowing them to explore and ask questions with their tour guides in a small group setting.

We offer a number of tours ranging from just 3 hours to full days packed with island activities. Our tours allow you to skip the lines and long wait periods. Forget about waiting for the tour bus to make 10 more stops before getting to your destination. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly where you want to go. Even better, we can adjust to your schedule and help you plan the day’s activities.

Booking a private tour is the best way to fit in a full day of activities, while still saving money. Longer tours with big groups have unavoidable time spent waiting in lines or waiting on transportation, which you end up paying for. A shorter, more direct tour means you are getting quality tour time with no money wasted.

Our goal is to provide you and your kids with an entertaining and engaging tours that will allow you to make the most of your vacation. Spend more time exploring with your kids and less time waiting in line. Keawe Adventures will allow you to discover new sites and still be back in the hotel swimming pool in no time at all!

Happy Veterans Day

We here at Keawe Adventures wish all veterans around the world a Happy Veterans Day.

When you serve in the military, you become a part of a tight-knit community. The same thing happens when you leave. You become a veteran, joining tens of millions around the country.  It is a bond of service and sacrifice that forever holds Veterans together.

Here at Keawe Adventures we are pleased to have our own Veterans as a part of the Ohana.   Yesterday we featured our owner, Makani Christensen, in honor of the United States Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day.  Today we would like to highlight two of our guide’s military careers below.  Both are outstanding men who have answered the call to duty and to this day continue to be well involved in their communities.   Mahalo Tony and Fernando!

 

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“I entered the US Navy on 12 February 1991 and retired 29 February 2012. I had the honor of being a US Navy Seabee, the Navy’s construction engineers. Throughout my career I deployed 9 times to locations around the globe. As a Seabee,  I completed 4 combat tours, 1 tour to Bosnia/Herzegovina, and 3 tours in Iraq, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. To me my military service is unique, I never saw it as a job, it was my life, as well as my family’s life. My wife and two daughters had to endure 9 long deployments 12 field exercises and several humanitarian relief missions all equaling 11 years apart from each other. This is time I will never get back. You would think that these sacrifices would keep any one of my daughters out of the military. Bet yet my oldest daughter serves with distinction as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force.”

-Tony Chance, RET MCPO, United States Navy

 

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Fernando Angueira enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman in November 2002. His first duty station was 2/22 Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. Fernando served as a scout and squad automatic weapon gunner. He deployed twice with 2/22; 10 months to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and 12 months to Sadr City, Iraq. After his second combat tour he completed the Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, GA. In 2006, Fernando was reassigned to 1-503rd Battalion, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team-Airborne in Vicenza, Italy. He held various leadership positions over the course of eight years with the unit to include: section sergeant, squad leader, platoon sergeant, rear-detachment First Sergeant. Fernando completed three combat tours with 173rd; 15 months to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 12 months to Wardak Province, Afghanistan, and 5 months to Logar, Province, Afghanistan. Fernando Angueira honorably completed his service in September 2014. He still remains committed and active to the Oahu veteran community through volunteer service and events.

-Fernando Angueira, SSG, United States Army

 

Mahalo and Aloha to all Veterans around the World!  We salute you!

 

 

Happy 242nd Birthday United States Marine Corps

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We here at Keawe Adventures would like to wish a Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and ALL Marines around the world.  A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps:

“This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.

Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!”

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

We would especially like to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday and Happy Veterans Day to our owner Makani Christensen.

After studying at Kamehameha Secondary School, Makani graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He then entered the military as a Marine Officer, where he served his country for 5 years with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After receiving the Joint Service Commendation medal, Makani was honorably discharged in 2008.  Along with his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and his strong Hawaiian genealogy, Makani’s love for the land and sea is what inspired him to start his own business. It is here where Makani finds true joy; sharing with others about Hawaii’s history, culture, and ocean environment.

Mahalo Makani for your Service!

-From the entire Keawe Adventures Ohana

 

To Our Valued Partners, Past and Future Guests and All Our Extended Ohana….

 

To all our valued partners, past and future guests and all our extended ohana,

 

We here at Keawe Adventures would like to share our deepest thoughts, aloha, empathy and concern for the recent and impending hurricanes throughout the continental United States of America.  We wish you all safe keeping for you and your families.  We wish you all safe recovery for all of you and your families.  Know that you are in our thoughts and we will send as much Hawaiian sunshine and Aloha to brighten this dark time.   Be safe and well everyone.

Aloha-

Keawe Adventures Staff

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