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Retiree Update: Don & Joyce Arakaki

May 5, 2016

Don “Rock” Arakaki retired after a long career with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard in the mid-1990s. He served in many command and staff positions during his career. After his Guard retirement, Rock went on to serve as the senior instructor at the Junior ROTC program at Wai‘anae High School.  He did his usual outstanding job, and became active in community activities. Rock retired from the Department of Education several years ago.

A MidWeek article about Rock

Joyce Arakaki served with the Hawai‘i Air National Guard for many years before her retirement in 1995.  She worked at Hq, Hawai‘i Air National Guard and the 201st Combat Communications Group.  In her last assignment, Joyce served as the secretary for the 154th Wing commander.

Rock and Joyce are currently leading the community resilience project call Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP). It enhances community resilience to multiple hazards through an education and outreach program. The program promotes hazard understanding and awareness, and offers tools and information resources to guide mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

They are active in other Leeward Coast community activities including the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council. In 2013, the St. Francis Healthcare System recognized Rock as their Volunteer of the Year. Rock currently is the President of the Wai‘anae Coast Rotary Club with Joyce service on the Board of Directors.

They are active in other Leeward Coast community activities including the Wai‘anae Military Civilian Advisory Council. In 2013, the St. Francis Healthcare System recognized Rock as their Volunteer of the Year. Rock currently is the President of the Wai‘anae Coast Rotary Club with Joyce serving on the Board of Directors.

It doesn’t seem either Rock or Joyce are retired

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