‘Stars of the Pacific’ honors military service in May 27 broadcast

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

At Hickam Air Force Base, Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (right, front), commanding general, 25th Infantry Division; Sgt. Matthew Girard (left, front), Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID; and other Soldiers and military retirees tape an introduction to the “Stars of the Pacific” television show, which will honor military service during its May 27 broadcast on KHON, Channel 2. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Matthew Girard, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, will be featured guests in the television special, “Stars of the Pacific,” which airs May 27 on KHON Channel 2 during Military Appreciation Month.

The show, which honors military service, was taped at Hickam Air Force Base. 

The television program was originally called “Hawaii Stars,” and featured aspiring singers looking for their shot at the big time, but after a 16-year run, the show’s creators decided it was time to move in a new direction. 

In 2008, that direction focused in on Hawaii’s military community and service rendered therein.

“This year we are honoring the military by having a commander from every service in Hawaii talk about what they do for the community as a member of the military service, and by having the band from each service play their choice of song,” explained Carole Kai, local charity organizer, philanthropist, and main promoter of “Stars of the Pacific.”

Each military branch introduces a service member, who was chosen as “a Star of the Pacific,” Kai said. Each unit will receive a $500 prize from the organizers as part of Military Appreciation Month. 

“The television special is meant to thank the military for their service in Hawaii and their service to the United States of America in a wonderful, warm and personal way,” said Kai. 

“I have a long line of family members who served in the military, so I am very proud of the military,” she continued.

During the show, the Tropic Lightning Division Band performs the “Tropic Lightning March” and a jazz combo prepared by the band.

“Stars of the Pacific” will air four times on KHON Channel 2. Besides the May 27 airing,  the show is scheduled to air twice in June and once in July.

“From the standpoint of the community, ‘Stars of the Pacific’ will show the military in a wonderful, positive light, and we want the people of Hawaii to appreciate the military more and more, as I do,” said Kai. 

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