Waha Nui – 2/18/15

Ten years after his death, Army 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe was honored Jan. 22 from Wahiawa to Washington, D.C. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery for Hoe, a member of the Army’s Gimlet Battalion. The popular platoon leader was killed by a sniper in Mosul, Iraq in 2005. U.S. Reps. Mark Takai and Tulsi Gabbard attended the D.C. event, along with Ashley Arethel, standing in for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. Nainoa’s father, Allen Hoe (now the local civilian aide to Secretary of the Army), honors his memory each year at Schofield Barracks and awards scholarships in his name.


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Nainoa Hoe

On Jan. 22 on Oahu, more than 100 soldiers completed the Nainoa Hoe Memorial Platoon Leadership Challenge, with closing ceremonies at Schofield’s Nainoa Hoe Mission Training Complex at Schofield … Whittier College in Southern California has announced its fall dean’s list, and three Mililani residents are on it: Terianne Hamada, Kelly Stinefelt and Tiffani Tejada

Na Pua Makani is proposing 10 new, 512-foot wind turbines for Kahuku, and state Sen. Gil Riviere wants to know your opinion at 586-7330 or senriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov … Hawaii Ducks (the University of Oregon kind) will gather Friday for their annual alumni party at Waialae Country Club, which includes awarding a scholarship (again!) to U of O senior Taylor Oyama (Mililani 2011) …

The Mililani girls band Crimson Apple is on a roll with all kinds of gigs, plus winning the title at the 2014 Battle of the Bands in the fall. Colby, Shelby, Carthi and Faith Benson, and Rachel Look opened for Will Champlin (from The Voice) Jan. 31 at Doris Duke Theatre and played their pop-rock music Feb. 12 at UH for the One Billion Rising Pau Violence Program …

If you drop by the new Wingstop restaurant between 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 28 (Gateway Mililani Mauka), you’ll get five free chicken wings. Company official Jon Savage is confident “customers who try our wings will keep coming back for more” & & & cchang@midweek.com