Kauai Veteran’s Eternal Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site

Name Kauai Veteran’s Eternal Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site
Location Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii
Specifications The memorial features a 60-foot diameter circle ringed by a low lava rock wall suitable for seating, with a large pohaku, or rock, as the centerpiece
Designer Bob Woods (Architect)

MDAA played a pivotal part in the creation, design and development of the ‘Kauai Veteran’s Eternal Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site’ located at Barking Sands, Pacific Range Missile Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. The memorial serves as a permanent tribute to those that have served and those that will continue to serve our Armed Forces and an embedment of missile defense to defend and protect our nation and armed forces.

Hawaiian culture along with the importance of both PRMF and missile defense to Kauai played a tremendous factor into the inspiration and creation of the memorial. At the center of the memorial is pahoku piko, a blessed four foot massive rock, hand selected in accordance with Hawaiian tradition from the island of Kauai. In Hawaiian Culture, the Hawaiian word pahoku means large rock and piko represents the umbilical cord, the life connection we have with the present.

This historic site represents MDAA’s second missile defense memorial that provides permanent recognition and education of missile defense to the American public. The first was the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Viewing Site located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

On April 10, 2009, Senator Daniel Inouye, senior Senator from Hawaii participated in the ground breaking ceremony along with Rear Admiral Joe Horn, Deputy Director of the Missile Defense Agency, Captain Aaron Cudnohufsky, Commander of the Pacific Range Missile Facility, Turk Tokita, Kauai’s oldest veteran and MDAA Chairman and Founder Riki Ellison.

“I wish to also commend the Department of Defense and the Navy and the personnel here for initiating the process to establish this extraordinary partnership that came forth with this eternal memorial. This is a great demonstration of what can happen with great leadership. We in Hawaii are most fortunate for having this leadership located at Barking Sands. This will stand here to remind us that working together everything is possible. So Captain, I thank you very much for your leadership in this venture. It will stand here in your legacy for eons to come.”

– Senator Daniel Inouye, April 10, 2009 at the site’s groundbreaking ceremony

Rear Adm. Joe Horn, Deputy of Surface Combat Systems and Weapons, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye following a groundbreaking ceremony of the Kauai Veterans Eternal Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

The site was officially opened on June 1, 2009 in a ceremony by Senator Daniel Inouye, PMRF commanding officer Captain Aaron Cudnohufsky, and Riki Ellison. The Memorial serves as an outdoor viewing areas for invited guests, employees or family members to observe launch missions of national and international importance. [1]


  • April 10, 2009 – Ground Breaking of the Kauai Veterans Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site
  • June 1, 2010 – The Kauai Veterans Eternal Memorial and Missile Defense Viewing Site was officially opened


[1] Kauai Veterans Eternal Memorial opened


Photos of the Memorial’s Dedication