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Check Six: Aloha Tower

From the Images of Old Hawaii article

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Carl W Winstedt and the National Construction Company began construction on the Aloha Tower in 1924. The project took a year and a half to complete.

Aloha Tower opened in 1926; at 10 stories and 184-feet, 2-inches tall it was the tallest building in the Territory (and remained such for the next forty years.)

It has 4 clocks, each face 12 feet in diameter (by far the biggest clock in the Territory of Hawai‘i and one of the largest in the United States at the time) and facing different directions, were made of bronze and weighed 7 tons each.

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Public Pensions’ New Inflation Dilemma

From the Governing website

To signal its intent to let the economy run a wee bit “hot” after the recession’s end, seeking to restore full employment, the Federal Reserve has announced that it will fiddle with its inflation targets. It now calculates its trigger points over long periods, so it won’t hit the brakes prematurely at the first sign of inflation. Meanwhile, the Fed has also crammed interest rates down by sopping up trillions of recent years’ new deficit-funding U.S. Treasury bonds, which monetary mavens expect to later cause future inflation, perhaps toward the end of this decade.

As a result, there’s a new problem on the horizon for public pensions, one that will call for some thoughtful reassessments of the always fraught assumptions that underlie their funding structures.

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Off Track: Why Do Razor Blades Get Dull So Quickly?

From the Wired Magazine website

Some work-from-homers may have abandoned daily shaving in recent months, but who wouldn’t want a longer-lasting razor? Multiblade cartridges usually last only a week or two before they begin to grab at the skin, then get tossed in the garbage. But what if someone could invent a razor that stays sharp for six months, or even a year?

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Taps: George Yoshio Chatani

George Yoshio Chatani, 89, passed away in Honolulu on August 17, 2020. He was born on April 25, 1931 in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii. The Chatani family later moved to Lahaina, Maui where George attended Kamehameha III School for 8 years then graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 1949. 

He enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard that same year and served for almost 38 years as

an Air Defense Missile Assembly Technician, Electronic Mechanic Technician, and Avionic Equipment Maintenance Supervisor before his retirement as a CWO3 in 1987. He finally ended his military career in 1991 after serving another 4 years in the Hawaii Army National Guard Retired Reserve.

George was an active member of the Lahaina Club and kept in close contact with all his classmates. He enjoyed attending Lahainaluna reunions and always looked forward to his casual trips to Las Vegas. He spent much of his time keeping up with financial news, advocating changes in condominium law, and looking out for people’s best interests.

George is survived by his daughter, Cindy Flynn; sister, Lorraine Noji; grandsons, Eugene Sumera Jr. and Jake Flynn; grand- daughter, Julia Ediger; 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- granddaughter.

Private services will be held on a future date at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Online messages may be left at

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Check Six – Early 1950s: New 199 FS Patch

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows George Duncan and an unidentified mechanic pointing to the 199th Fighter Interceptor Squadron patch. It is painted on the engine cowling of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

We estimated the date as the early 1950 because the Air Force approved the patch on October 11, 1950. The patch was designed by squadron pilot Wade McVay. The squadron continued flying the Jugs until 1954.

Can creditors take your Social Security?

From the Bankrate website

Most people don’t borrow money with the intention of not paying it back. But sometimes unfortunate circumstances, like job loss or illness, can make it difficult to keep up with your previous financial commitments.

Unfortunately, defaulted debts can lead to a host of problems, including credit damage, lawsuits and sometimes even wage garnishment. But can a creditor take your Social Security if they’re collecting on past-due debts?

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Check Six: September 1960 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawai’i Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the September 1960 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Lt Col Walter Judd receives 20-year bar to the HNG Service Medal

* The Parachute Shop

* New members: including Paul Hashimoto

* Promotions: including A3C Richard O. Tsuchiya

Review the entire September 1960 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Other familiar names in this issue: Robert Choi, David Pontes

POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020

Check Six – 2011: Two HIARNG Leaders

Retiree News photograph

This photograph shows Joseph Chaves and Theodore Daligdig III, two long time Hawai‘i Army National Guard leaders. General Chaves was the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Pacific. Retired Colonel Daligdig was a State Department of Defense employee.

They were attending the September 8, 2011 Hawai‘i Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee (HEPEC) meeting. State Civil Defense hosted these quarterly meetings. Emergency management organizations attended to hear briefings and share information.

General Chaves retired and relocated to the Pacific Northwest several years ago. Colonel Daligdig still lives on Kaua‘i. 

Study Shows Inaccuracies in Many Home Blood Pressure Monitors

From the Everyday Health website

If you have an at-home blood pressure monitor, the reading may not be as accurate as you think.

Researchers from seven universities and the World Hypertension League analyzed more than 970 home blood pressure devices being sold by nearly 60 online retailers. Almost 95 percent of the devices hadn’t been validated for accuracy.

Although the team looked only at devices available to Australian consumers, over 90 percent of these products were sold on global e-commerce sites including Amazon and eBay. Of the 278 upper-arm cuff devices included in the new study, which was published in April 2020 in the journal Hypertension, less than 20 percent had been validated, meaning the cuffs had not been proved to give accurate readings according to internationally accepted standards. Just 8 percent of the 162 wrist-cuff devices had been validated and none of the more than 530 wristband-style wearables had been validated at the time of the study.

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Check Six: September 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the August 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Promotions: including Richie “Kuni” Kunichika, John “Saigon” Lee, Hiroshi Go, Harry Awana

* Melvin Souza named HANG’s Outstanding Fighter Pilot Award

* John Parrish and Gerald Sada return from Palace Alert activation

Review the entire September 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Check Six – 1960: Main Terminal Gates of HNL under construction

From the Hawaii Aviation website

When first constructed, the “Y” portion of the airport was open air as shown in the photograph above. In a later renovation, the second floor of the “Y” became enclosed as it is today.

Recruiting and Retention Battalion Change of Command

Off the Hawaii Army National Guard Retention Facebook page

Here’s a quick recap from Friday’s change of command ceremony for Hawaii’s Own Recruiting and Retention Battalion. Big Mahalo to LTC Michael Rosner for everything you’ve done for RRB as our commander, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Let’s also welcome our new commander LTC James Fe’a-Fiame to RRB! Ola Ke Koa!

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