Mahalo Nui to our Vets
From Grassroot Institute, November 11, 2016
Hawaii is a small state, but one with a very special relationship with the military. That's not a surprise considering how central the military installations in our islands have become to our economy, history, and culture.
I can't think of a single local family that doesn't have multiple service members in it. We marry into the military or send our sons and daughters into service. And we are proud to do so.
And then there are the veterans who served in Hawaii, remember how much they loved our state, and return to make their home here once they get out.
Grassroot Institute owes its founding to a veteran, Richard Rowland, whose dedication to his country led him to ensure that Hawaii would have a steadfast voice for liberty.
It would be unfair to say that Hawaii loves its veterans more than other states...but I will say it anyway. Or rather, I will say that, on this Veterans Day, we understand the depth of sacrifice that the men and women of the military have made for our continued freedom.
In other places, the presence of the military can be subject to partisan political controversy, but not in the Aloha State. The people of Hawaii respect and appreciate the way that the military has contributed to their safety and freedom, and it shows.
Today, I want to extend our deepest thanks to all veterans. For your service, for your sacrifice, and for all you have done to preserve the blessings of liberty for us and our posterity, you have our most profound gratitude.
E hana kakou (Let's work together!),
Keli'i Akina, Ph.D.