University of Hawai’i Army ROTC Fallen Warrior Memorial
Since 2010, the University of Hawaii-Manoa Army ROTC program has had an initiative to regain it’s cultural roots by rediscovering it’s rich history and focusing on it’s Polynesian Heritage. One aspect of the initiative is a life-size carving of a traditional Polynesian Warrior by Master Carver Tuione Pulotu being donated to the Army ROTC Department in honor of the 14 UH Army ROTC Cadets and 2 Cadre members who gave their lives for their country in past wars.
Famed Tongan artist Tuione Pulotu is one of the original carvers of the Polynesian Culture Center. Recognized as a “Living Treasure” for mastery of the traditional Polynesian techniques, he has a relationship with the ROTC program and is expected to complete the donated sculpture within the next few months. The Warrior carving is made from donated Monkey Pod wood. In order to properly display the life-size carving, the Warrior Cadet Battalion has created an informal artist rendition and initial sketches on how it might be displayed. The Cadet Battalion has established a UH Foundation account to pay for this part of the project. Once the estimate of cost is reached (between $20,000-$30,000), the account will transition into a Scholarship Endowment. The Battalion reached its goal and was able to complete the Fallen Warrior Memorial.
The memorial is a tribute to all the Cadre and Cadets that came through the program and gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The dedication ceremony took place on 09MAy14 in the Battalion area. The family members of the Fallen Warriors were in attendance to pay tribute to their loved ones.