Governor honors Hawaii JROTC Cadets at ceremony

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JROTC Cadet Maj. Justine Unpingco (right), Nanakuli High School, and platoon leaders and flag bearers of 26 other high schools lead representatives of their high school at the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19.

JROTC Cadet Maj. Justine Unpingco (right), Nanakuli High School, and platoon leaders and flag bearers of 26 other high schools lead representatives of their high school at the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19.

Story and Photos by
Staff Sgt. Crista Mary Mack
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Hawaii’s top JROTC cadets were honored during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Palm Circle, here, April 19.

More than 800 cadets representing 26 schools participated in the event, which was hosted by Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commander, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Army- Pacific, and Governor Neil Abercrombie.

JROTC Cadets Matthew Wong (right) and Byron Constantino, McKinley High School, conduct a sword demonstration during the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19. They will go on to compete in the national competition in Daytona, Fla., in May.

JROTC Cadets Matthew Wong (right) and Byron Constantino, McKinley High School, conduct a sword demonstration during the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19. They will go on to compete in the national competition in Daytona, Fla., in May.

“The ROTC has led the way in recognition of what the all-volunteer Armed Services means,” Abercrombie said. “It is the very foundation of democracy and the very fundamental element of civic responsibility. The young people you see before you today represent the legacy of that great tradition.”

Beard and Abercrombie presented 26 cadets, one from each high school, with the Kina Ole Award and an engraved poi bowl.

Kina ole is a Hawaiian term defining a concept of flawlessness, or more specifically, doing the right thing in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling — for the first time.

“We cadets organize and run the whole event. Our instructors help mentor, but we take care of everything, and this motivates us to be better people,” said Cadet Lt. Col. Kristel Guino, Kina Ole Award recipient for Kapaa High School, Kauai.

Guino said she was pleased to have participated in the ceremony with fellow Hawaii cadets and was thankful for the opportunity to help represent JROTC, not just for Oahu, but for the entire state. .

“We as instructors do the coordination for this event, and act as advisors, but when it comes to the operations, it’s all the cadets … they do all the work,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Les Bise, assistant director, Army Instruction, Department of Education. “It then goes back to self-esteem, their experience in leadership, application of things they learned in class at the ceremony, so the Governor’s ceremony represents the entire year and recognizes all 26 programs.”

JROTC Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Joslynn Kahala, Nanakuli High School, leads her platoon off the field at the conclusion of the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19.

JROTC Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Joslynn Kahala, Nanakuli High School, leads her platoon off the field at the conclusion of the 30th annual Governor’s JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 19.

The JROTC program has grown to more than 3,200 units strong, from six units at its inception during the start of World War I.

Hawaii’s JROTC program, managed by the Hawaii Department of Education, consists of 17 Army, four Air Force, four Navy and one Marine Corps unit.

“This event gives the military and the state an opportunity to honor these cadets who do so much for our community,” said retired Lt. Col. Antoinette Correia, manager, JROTC Program, Hawaii DOE. “If you look at the community service and service learning they engage in, they are helping veterans, helping the homeless, and so much more. It’s just amazing how much they contribute.”

For the past three years, the 311th Signal Command has been the executive agent for the event.

 

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