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Check Six: Kūkā‘ilimoku Over the Years

June 30, 2020

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official newsletter of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard’s 154th Wing at Hickam AFB. However, it began as the 199th Fighter Squadron’s newsletter.

199th Fighter Squadron received Federal recognition and activated on 4 November 1946. It took several years before the squadron’s first newsletter appeared in February 1954. It was a short run; there were no further issues. 

The second attempt at a squadron newsletter was in September 1957. In the first issue, there was a contest to name this newsletter. Kūkā‘ilimoku was the winning name and it was announced in the October issue. S/Sgt Arthur Loo won $5.00 for his winning entry. 

The newsletter remained the squadron’s newsletter until 1960. The 154th Fighter Interceptor Group received Federal recognition and activated on December 1, 1960. The Kūkā‘ilimoku was now the Group’s newsletter. 

With the deactivation of some 201st Combat Communications Group units and the reassignment of the two remaining units to the 154th Wing, the Kūkā‘ilimoku is the HIANG’s newsletter. 

Form our inception in 2013, Retiree News has posted issues of the Kūkā‘ilimoku. Most of these issues were from the late 1990s through today’s most current issues. Starting next week, we intend to post issues from 1958 through 1997.

Early issues do not have many photographs but are interesting reading. Issues cover achievements and there are references to Airmen we all knew over the years.

From → History

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