Hawai‘i National Guard troops head home

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Police Dept. Capt. Mark Ozaki gets photos of the C-17 cargo plane, Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Hawai‘i National Guard troops get aloha from Kaua‘i dignitaries, including Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and KEMA director Elton Ushio before leaving for home, Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    KEMA director Elton Ushio checks video of the C-17 making its approach to parking, Tuessday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Lt. Kai Kahele, pilot of the C-17 cargo plane, is introduced to Kaua‘i dignitaries, including Rep. James Tokioka, Mike Contrades, and KEMA director Elton Ushio, Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Lt. Kai Kahele, pilot of the C-17 cargo plane, gives a brief tour of the plane to Kaua‘i dignitaries, Tuesday during the plane’s stop to pick up Hawai‘i National Guard troops heading home from the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    A Hawai‘i National Guardsperson gets a photo of Kaua‘i dignitaries at the mouth of the C-17 cargo plane, Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i dignitaries applaud their appreciation, Tuesday as Hawai‘i National Guard troops file past at the entrance to the C-17 airplane.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Hawai‘i National Guard troops do hand sanitizing before entering the C-17 cargo plane, Tuesday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

LIHU‘E — The evidence of going home was electric in the gathering of Hawai‘i National Guard troops at a nondescript gate at the Lihu‘e Airport, Tuesday morning.

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