'Stars of the Pacific' Honors Military Service
April 29, 2010
Maj. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Matthew Girard, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div., recently taped part of a 'Stars of the Pacific' television special at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The show, which honors military service, will air May 27 on KHON Channel 2 during Military Appreciation Month.
The 'Hawaii Stars' program started in 1992 and continued for 16 years featuring local talent. Since 2008 the show moved in a new direction by focusing on the military in Hawaii and honoring their community service.
"This year we are honoring the military by having a commander from every service in Hawaii talk about what they do for the community as a member of the military service, and by having the band from each service play their choice of song," said Carole Kai, local charity organizer, philanthropist, and main promoter of 'Stars of the Pacific.'
Each military branch introduced a servicemember, representing their branch, who was chosen as a 'Star of the Pacific.' Each of those units will receive a $500 prize from the organizers as part of Military Appreciation Month.
"The television special is meant to thank the military for their service in Hawaii and their service to the United States of America in a wonderful, warm and personal way," said Kai. "I have a whole long line of military family members who served in the military, so I am very proud of the military," she continued.
During the show members of the Tropic Lightning Division Band played the Tropic Lightning March and a jazz combo from the band also performed.
'Stars of the Pacific' will air four times on KHON Channel 2. In addition to May 27, at the end of Military Appreciation Month, the show is scheduled to air twice in June and once in July.
"From the stand point of the community, 'Stars of the Pacific' will show the military in a wonderful, positive light and we want the people of Hawaii to appreciate the military more and more as I do," said Kai.