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HIANG 2020 Launa‘ole Award Winners

February 24, 2021

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

The Hawai‘i Air National Guard hosted their annual Launa‘ole awards ceremony this weekend. Congratulations to all the winners of these Launa‘ole awards

Fulltime Award Winners:

Airman of the Year — Senior Airman Aaron Moriyama, 154th Operations Support Squadron
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year — Tech. Sgt. Shane Williams, 203rd Air Refueling Squadron
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year — Master Sgt. Derek Wheeler, 203rd Air Refueling Squadron
Company Grade Officer of the Year – Capt. Shaun Kawakami, 154th Force Support Squadron
Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year – Maj. Brent Howard, 201st Combat Operations Squadron

Traditional Award Winners:

Airman of the Year – Senior Airman Danielle Jordan DeMello, 154th Medical Group, Detachment 1
Non Commissioned Officer of the Year – Tech. Sgt. Michael Higuchi, 298th Support Squadron
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year — Master Sgt. Harlasun Kang, 204th Airlift Squadron
Company Grade Officer of the Year – Capt. Bruce S. Yamamoto, 154th Medical Group, Detachment 1
Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year – Maj. Michael Namocot II, 204th Airlift Squadron
First Sergeant of the Year — Master Sergeant Kehaulani Lobetos, 154th Medical Group

Team Award Winners:

Winning Team Award — Hawaiian Raptor Scheduling Team, 199th Fighter Squadron
Service Team of the Year — the Hawaii Air National Guard- Honor Guard Team
2020 Outstanding Unit of the Year Award – 204th Airlift Squadron
Launa Ole Kleo Nui Award298th Air Defense Group

The photo galley of the award winners.

On the Facebook page, the last photograph in the gallery shows a captain holding an unknown award.


Launa‘ole – a Hawaiian phrase meaning “beyond comparison” or “without peer.” It describes our vision for the Hawai‘i Air National Guard to be a professional force that is second to none, or simply the best.

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