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As Seen in MidWeek: John Penebacker

Mckenna Joy, Kela Joy, John Penebacker, Michael A. Sylva and Clyde Kawahara

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Walk in The Country

Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i hosted its 21st annual Walk in the Country August 19 at Lanikuhonua in Ko ‘Olina where guests enjoyed a luau, wine tastings and a silent auction.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii mission is to inspire young people to become responsible citizens. Their role is to create a safe place for kids to grow, mentor keiki by having a professionally-trained staff and caring volunteers, nurture character development and life-enhancing skills, and provide hope and opportunity.


John Penebacker retired as a colonel from the Hawaii Army National Guard several years ago. He was a M-Day Soldier who worked many years for the State of Hawaii, heading the Library System.

John served with the Air Force at Hickam AFB on active duty. He was a star in the military basketball league. After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

John Penebacker, along with Bob Nash, Jerome “Hook” Freeman, Al Davis, and Dwight Holiday — nicknamed the “Fabulous Five” — ignited local interest in University of Hawaii basketball during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons. The team won 47 of 55 games over the two-year period — a spectacular record for a program that had managed just one winning season and 81 total victories in its first 27 seasons. UH basketball became the hottest sport ticket in town, and interest was so high that games were televised live for the first time.

Guard your Medicare card and avoid scams before new cards hit mailboxes in 2018

From the Detroit Free Press website

New Medicare cards — the ones that won’t make it easy for ID thieves to steal your Social Security number — will find their way into wallets next year. But we’re already hearing warnings about scams that are bubbling up before the big changeover.

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How far $1 million goes in every state

From the CNBC website

Accumulating a cool $1 million is a great savings goal. Depending on where you live, it may not be enough.

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Check Six: Old AGE Facility

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This photograph of the old aerospace ground equipment (AGE) facility was taken in the early 1970s. The photographer was standing on the top of Battery Selfridge, looking toward the Taxiway Mike. This facility was replaced by the new AGE/motor pool facility that was constructed in the 1990s. The new fighter hanger is now in this location.

4 Questions to Ask Before Moving Your Parent to Assisted Living

From the nextavenue website

With the boomer generation aging into their 50s, 60s and 70s and many of their parents now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, there is an increasing need for long-term care.

Most older Americans would stay in their homes if they could, but health problems and lack of assistance often make that impossible. For those who need some help, but not the intensive medical care of a nursing home, assisted living is often seen as a good choice. And as an industry, it’s growing.

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Eat Peanuts: You May Live Longer

From the everyday Health website

In the first study of its kind, eating nuts, including peanuts, has been linked to fewer deaths across ethnic groups, even for people who had metabolic conditions like morbid obesity or diabetes, were smokers, or drank alcohol.

“Nuts in particular have fiber, which can help lower LDL cholesterol, supply ample vitamin E, and even have L-arginine, all of which keep your arteries healthy and free of plaque buildup,” says says John Day, MD, a cardiologist and director of Heart Rhythm Services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. “If you can keep your arteries healthy you will be less likely to suffer many chronic medical conditions.”

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Retiree Update: Reginald Chun

While shopping at the Navy Exchange recently, we ran into Reginald Chun.

Reggie served in munitions branch, in the maintenance complex. When he retired in the 2000s, he was the NCOIC of the branch.

Reggie said he is fully retired and enjoying life.

Equifax Officially Has No Excuse

From the Wired Magazine website

Capping a week of incompetence, failures, and general shady behavior in responding to its massive data breach, Equifax has confirmed that attackers entered its system in mid-May through a web-application vulnerability that had a patch available in March. In other words, the credit-reporting giant had more than two months to take precautions that would have defended the personal data of 143 million people from being exposed. It didn’t.

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Happy 71st Birthday to the United States Air Force

The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. It became effective September 18, 1947, when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the oath of office to the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a position filled by presidential appointment.

Under the National Security Act, the functions assigned to the Army Air Force’s commanding general transferred to the Department of the Air Force. The act provided for an orderly two-year transfer of these functions as well as property, personnel and records.

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The Air Force might be the youngest branch of the U.S. military services, but it doesn’t lack for memorable moments and famous members. In celebration of the service’s birthday on September 18, we present this Air Force History quiz — see how well you can score!

Taps: Roy Yoshito Ichimura

Roy Yoshito Ichimura, 80, of Waipahu, Hawaii. Roy passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2017. Roy served in the Air National Guard for 37 years and later worked at Kapolei Golf Course. He will be remembered for his kindness, generous heart, and fastidiousness. He enjoyed fishing, playing golf and cards, and making gau. He is truly loved and will be missed by everyone.

Survived by wife Lois; step-children Lorelle and Bruce Chin; sister Mae Plata; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation at 9:30 a.m. and Services at 10:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park Makai Chapel on September 23, 2017.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Taps: Francis Michael Guigui

Francis Michael Guigui, born September 14, 1938 in Waialua, and passed away peacefully at home on August 21, 2017, at the age of 78. He graduated from Waialua High School in 1956, served 12 years with the Hawaii National Guard missile unit, and retired from GTE Hawaiian Tel/Verizon after 31 years.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; son, Michael; three grandsons, Daemon, Pono, Anthony; brothers, Richard (Momi), Lawrence (Wanda); sisters, Julita (Ray) Ford, Janet Stephens, and many nieces and nephews.

The remembrance and celebration of his life will begin at 9 AM, Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Church in Waipahu, with Mass at 11 AM. Burial services will follow in Kaneohe at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary, Hillcrest Section III at 2 PM.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Off Track: President William McKinley High School

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website periodically.

McKinley High School (Oʻahu’s oldest public high school) was officially established in 1865, as the Fort Street English Day School by Maurice B. Beckwith. In November 1869, the English Day School moved from the basement of the old Fort Street Church to a new stone building on the corner of Fort and School Streets.

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Hawaii National Guard graduates include: Vern Miyagi, Robert Lee, Rex Koga, Gerald Gono, Kyle Kawakami, Alwyn Yoshimura, Samuel Wong – Can you name others?

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Military Discounts on Cellular Phone Plans

From the Military.com website

Military families are always on the go, and most times the best way to communicate with loved ones who may be spread throughout the country is with cell phones. That’s why it’s great news that most of the major cell phone service providers offer military discounts on cellular and wireless plans to active duty service members, and in some cases, veterans as well.

Do some comparison shopping to find the right cell phone plan for you and your family.