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National Guard Assists on Moloka‘i

April 23, 2020

From The Molokai Dispatch

Last week, seven members of the Hawai‘i National Guard arrived on Moloka‘i to perform thermal screenings at the airport and assist the Maui Police Department during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guardsmen are unarmed and “all local boys just trying to serve their community,” said Staff Sgt. Laurence Kimoha‘e Puailihau, Jr., who is from Moloka‘i and now lives on Oahu with his family.

Puailihau joined Councilwoman and Moloka‘i High classmate Keani Rawlins-Fernandez in a virtual talk story last weekend to answer questions and clear up “the uncertainty and anxiety that people feel when they hear the National Guard is coming,” said Rawlins-Fernandez.

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