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HPU lends hand to Pearl Harbor history

by Monica Pleuler, staff writer


New commemorative tickets, an audio tour, and a new line of Pearl Harbor action figures enhance the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial tour experience. A recent HPU graduate, Zach Anderson, designed the commemorative tickets project.

Anderson’s plan grew out of Dr. John Hart’s MA Com capstone project in spring ’04. Students in Hart’s class had an option to either write a paper or do a project for a real client to show they can put into practice what they had learned in their graduate program.


The USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association has a collaboration with HPU, according to Hart. Students have done class projects for the association, and it has hired many students, on a contract basis, upon graduation. Last fall, the association asked HPU to redesign its admission tickets, and Anderson accepted the assignment. The new tickets feature a photo and story of one of the 10 heroes from the historic attack of Dec. 7, 1941.

According to Daniel Martinez, National Park Service historian, the tickets will be a permanent fixture at the memorial. The tickets are expected to be in use for 10-20 years. Each year, 1.6 million tickets will be printed to accommodate maximum expected visitation to the memorial. “The ticket is meant to be a keepsake that has strong interpretative messaging,” said Martinez.

Some of the heroes featured are Ann Busby, Harry Pang, Torao Migita, and Rudy Martinez.

Busby was an Army nurse at Tripler General Hospital on Dec. 7, 1941. The day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Busby took care of the flood of wounded in the attack.

Torao Migita, who was killed by gunfire in downtown Honolulu, was the first Japanese-American serviceman killed in World War II. Migita was awarded the Purple Heart.

Harry Pang was the first civilian firefighter to receive the Purple Heart. Pang was killed in the attack while trying to put out a fire on Hickam Air Field.

Rudy Martinez was the first Mexican-American killed in World War II. Martinez went down with the USS Arizona in the attack. He received a Purple Heart and is one of the many seamen entombed within the ship.

Martinez liked Anderson’s work so well, he hired him to work on other projects for The USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association.

“ It’s always good to see students get a job in their field,” said Hart.

Visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial Tour can save their commemorative tickets as a keepsake.



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