Heroes’ Hearts© Dedication Ceremony At Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum


Pacific Island Ethic Art

LONG BEACH, CA – On Saturday, February 10, 2018 a very special and heart warming dedication will take place at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), 695 Alamitos Avenue. Long Beach from 5 to 6 p.m.

Gordon Richiusa, director and president of Heroes’ Hearts©, plus a member of his board Michelle Manu, producer of “in the works” Heroes’ Hearts© video, will serve as presenter and MC. At the event Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s office will be represented by Abigail Mejia, Deputy Field Representative.

In November 2017, Gordon Richiusa of Heroes’ Hearts© donated to PIEAM some of the downed Japanese plane from WWII that his father, young Maine Corporal Sam Richiusa, brought home as a survivor of Pearl Harbor. When he came home he made the only known “Sweetheart Souvenir” for his bride…a linking hearts bracelet; which she wore for the remainder of her life.

Heroes Hearts Bracelet

Heroes’ Hearts© Two Hearts Beating As One original bracelet and an unmodified piece of the downed Japanese plane, which inspired the bracelet, plus photos of Ohau, Hawaii from December 6, 1941 are on display at PIEAM. The gift shop at PIEAM, plus the web site (www.heroesheartsbracelet.org) are the only places where the exact replica of the bracelet and the booklet may be purchased.

“Donating these artifacts to PIEAM was to honor my 95-year-old fathers wishes ‘to do something good’ with these memories,” says Richiusa.

“Our intention is to move away from the story of the war and move toward the “Aloha” direction of honoring any and all expressions of selfless love.”

On Sunday, February 11 Heroes’ Hearts© will sponsor/promote the 1st Annual “Put an END To Discrimination” archery tournament in Orange County at 25782 Obrero Drive in Mission Viejo. This tournament is in cooperation with the Orange County Archery sanctioned by USA Archery (an Olympic sanctioning body). Participants in the sanctioned event pay $35.
Limited space for spectators, but no cost to watch! Replica of the bracelet and the accompanying book will be available.

The legacy and mission of Two Hearts Beating As One is to oppose prejudice and discrimination with projects to benefit those who’ve experienced trauma, such as PTSD. We believe that every person who puts others in front of him or herself is a hero. We promise to continue to partner with veterans groups, businesses, and other individuals to honor any and all expressions of selfless love…for friends, family, or country.

MEDIA: Information on additional facts of Heroes’ Hearts© are attached. Gordon Richiusa, Michelle Manu and Kevin Clark of OC ARCHERY may be contacted for any interviews (print, broadcast, on-line). Contact info on ADDITIONAL INFO pages.

CONSULTANT FOR PR: Kathy Berry 562/477-1646

Additional Information on Heroes’ Hearts©

Exact replicas of the bracelet are made with laser technology by students of the VETS program from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and veteran owned and operated manufacturers, or by Richiusa family members.

HEROES’ HEARTS© COMPANION is a transcript of the original interview that Gordon Richiusa did with his father on the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, plus other pertinent stories leading to the creation of Heroes’ Hearts, Inc. Available at PIEAM and through Heroes’ Hearts web: www.heroeshearts.info.

Gordon Richiusa talks about his father. Sam Richiusa:

“A Sicilian-American engineer who had enlisted in the Marines and whose crew built the barracks at Hickam Field. According to my father’s recorded testimony, just like in the movie Pearl Harbor, when the shooting started, his crew had to break into the armory and get ammunition as well as weapons. As engineers, they were not issued any combat weapons. So, they mounted guns on their trucks, skip loaders, and tractors. After the shooting stopped, the Marines were a big part of the mop up. Some planes had crashed on land and they had to check to see if there were any survivors.

“The first plane they came across was near a pineapple field. My dad said that a “native” came to the truck they were in and handed a knife, which the native said he’d killed the pilot with, claiming that the knife had been taken from the still living pilot.

“My dad indicated that he did not look into any of the details of the story, but that he took the knife and passed it along later to one of my cousins. At another downed Japanese plane, two more “trophies” were taken, two pieces of aluminum from the cockpit of a plane where the pilot was already dead.

“One piece (a small red one) was placed inside my dad’s logbook and forgotten until two years ago. Another larger piece he made into a bracelet for his wife-to-be, my mother Flora Mae Villani.

“It was a beautiful design, what I call, “Two Hearts Beating as One,” a linked hearts symbol that represents to me how all heroes feel about their


chosen path. Anyway, I knew that the bracelet was real, because my mother had been wearing it as long as I could remember. My parents had never told me where it had come from until I interviewed him.

“My father came home after Pearl Harbor for a short time, married my mother, gave her the bracelet and was returned to fight in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific Campaign.

“I ended my video interview, eyes wide and mouth agape, with the question, “Do you have ANY good memory, whatsoever from your experiences of World War II?” My father answered quickly, “Getting married was a good thing that happened, but my best memory was coming home and meeting my two and a half year old daughter for the first time. My father did not know that my mother was pregnant with my oldest sister Lynda until she was born. She had been conceived during his short visit home after my parents’ elopement. “

Michelle Manu, producer of video

“The documentary, Pieces of Aloha (with participating Oahu director, Edgy Lee and mainland director Mark Cole) follows a real life quest of a son to honor his 95 year old father’s wishes and to “do something good” with the only known “Sweetheart Souvenir” from the battle of Pearl Harbor. A linking hearts bracelet, designed and made by Sam Richiusa, we call Heroes’ Hearts© was made from a downed Japanese plane by a young Marine Corporal for his newlywed bride. The actions and simple recollections of an average, Sicilian American Marine, is the catalyst for launching a larger story of love and duty to which all generations can relate. The documentary is part of several currently evolving stories/projects, which rewrite WW2 history for the Hawaiian people, Japanese Americans and nationals, Italian Americans, and African American Marines. “When this story is fully revealed,” she says. “We will all have a richer understanding of the word Aloha.”
The original bracelet will be displayed at various museums around the country and is displayed at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach, CA.”

Michelle Manu (the first woman ever inducted into King Kamehameha’s Royal Order) teaches the SHE Workshops where mere mortals transition into superheroes. The workshop instructs real-life concepts, tools, and builds confidence through information, perception shifting, to increase students’ feminine instincts and develop their unknown or underdeveloped inner superpowers.

Kevin Clark, OC Archery
Kvc101@yahoo.com – Phone 714-381-3472