Heartwarming photos of Hawaii’s military reuniting with loved ones
You can feel the aloha spirit all around in these memorable moments captured by the U.S. Navy.
You can really feel the aloha spirit in these photographs. In honor of Veterans Day, we compiled these intimate moments of active military personnel embracing and being welcomed by their loved ones right here at Pearl Harbor. Family and friends (and in one case a dog!) line the harbor piers, forearms drenched with lei as they wait to give these deserved men and women a special Hawaii welcome.
Musician 3rd Class Steve Lamonica is in the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band. Here he reunites with his wife and daughter in Pearl Harbor after completing Pacific Partnership 2012 aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy.
Draped in maile and kukui (candlenut tree) lei, Cmdr. Martin Muckian, the commanding officer of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Greeneville, runs into the open arms of his son at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Chief Personnel Specialist Kevin Sun reunites with his dog and loved ones in Pearl Harbor after time spent on assignment with the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy.
On the Pearl Harbor pier, Lt. Dave Steinberger meets his daughter for the first time following his return home from the USS Columbia.
Ships Serviceman 3rd Class Nathan Mawer proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Bankston, immediately after returning from his 6-month deployment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee.
Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Luis Navarrodiaz reunited wiht his daughter Kiara and wife Leiby at Pearl Harbor after the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Eric Krukowski hugs his wife after completing six-months deployed on the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe.