Oral Histories of the Ka’ala and Koke’e Long Range Radar Stations

AERC staff interview Hawaii Air National Guard membersOral Histories of the Ka’ala and Koke’e Long Range Radar Stations
Hawaii National Guard, Oahu and Kauai
September 2016 to September 2018

AERC employees and support personnel who have visited the Ka’ala and Koke’e radar stations over the years have observed a unique military culture of primarily native Hawaiian National Guard members, many of whom have worked at the sites for decades. In the interest of preserving their historic and cultural knowledge, AERC will conduct oral history interviews with the Hawaii National Guard members who operate and maintain the radar sites. These interviews will help inform operational, conservation, and environmental management of these and other military sites in Hawaii.

•    Conduct video interviews with selected Hawaii National Guard Members at Hawaii’s Long Range Radar Stations
•    Provide video and audio for archiving as well as a written report summarizing individual interviews.
•    AERC will employ a documentary filmmaker and a former military journalist to conduct the interviews with logistical and administrative  support from an accompanying AERC staff member

Project Documentary

Project in Pictures

  • Picture of Mount Ka'ala long Range Radar Station
    Mount Ka'ala Long Range Radar Station atop the highest point on Oahu.
  • Picture of Koke'e Radar Station
    Koke'e Radar Station near Kalalau Lookout, Kauai. 
  • Picture of Mount Ka'ala Long Range Radar Station
    Mount Ka'ala Long Range Radar Station atop the highest point on Oahu.
  • Picture of Project Videographer Jon Fiely
    Project videographer Jon Fiely films along the road to Mount Ka'ala.
  • Picture of Project Interview
    Project interviewer James R. Evans talks with a Hawaii Air National Guardsman.