Former Big Island Resident Has Been Portraying Abe Lincoln for Thirty Years Now

I’ll put this down under the you learn something new everyday.

Former Big Island resident, Fritz Klein,  has been portraying Abraham Lincoln for the last thirty years on the mainland.

Fritz Klein was working as a landscaper on the big island of Hawaii when a director asked him to play Abraham Lincoln in a community theater production.

“I was on the thin side. I had a top hat and tails,” Mr. Klein recalled during a telephone interview from his home in Springfield, Ill.

Mr. Klein, who is 6 feet 4, not only accepted the role, for the past 30 years, but also he has embraced it. He stars in the orientation film at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in the 16th president’s hometown, where he has lived since 1982. Last month alone, he made 22 appearances…

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor To Welcome Tuskegee Airman Norman Artis Monday, February 7

Media Release:

Visiting Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Monday, Feb. 7, 11am, will be Norman Artis, a late-generation Tuskegee Airman (stationed in Turkey during the Cuban Missile Crisis), who served in the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson. He was also a special guest of President Barack Obama, when the Tuskegee Airmen were invited to the inauguration. The Airmen’s presence at the ceremony was significant, he said, “because we have to keep the legacy going.”

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Previously, while in Hawaii on vacation, Artis realized there was no Hawaii chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, so, he’s back to establish one. The Tuskegee Airmen were the young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism.  Their heroism is now legendary.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air-conditioned shuttle buses from the Arizona Memorial parking area. Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage and jet aircraft, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by docents, and see “a date which will live In infamy” through historic films and audio. The museum gift shop and restaurant are unique in their offerings and their authentic 1940s ambiance. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information, and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight. Purchase tickets online to avoid the lines at the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center ticketing windows.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which is dependent on its members, volunteers, and donors for support.

Kamehameha Speech Festival… Congrat’s Hayden and Kacelyn

My son and his partner were selected to represent his class in the Kamehameha Schools 2011 Speech Festival.

Hayden and Kacelyn with their teacher Mrs. Moore

I’m so proud of him… I don’t even think I could read in first grade less yet memorize all this:

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You guys did great and we are so proud of you!