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USS Missouri Memorial Association and Hawai‘i’s Fine Furniture Maker Launch Exclusive Partnership

Martin & MacArthur repurposes original teak from the Mighty Mo to create special keepsake products

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (May 27, 2021) – The Battleship Missouri Memorial and Martin & MacArthur announce an exclusive partnership this Memorial Day weekend – honoring the Mighty Mo’s legacy and the brave crewmembers of the USS Missouri. Original teak from the decks of America’s last battleship are getting some TLC by Hawai‘i’s fine furniture maker. Bring a piece of World War II history into your home through keepsake products specially created including pens, boxes, money clips, business card cases, ornaments and frames just to name a few.

“We are grateful for this partnership with Martin & MacArthur, a company who truly shares our dedication to craftmanship,” said Mike Carr, President and CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. “Our Teak Crew works hard everyday to restore the deck of the Mighty Mo, so this collaboration with a company that has use for our excess teak, but also supports our ongoing mission, makes this relationship incredibly special.”

During the USS Missouri’s astounding career, teak served as an important element – covering about 1.2 acres of deck space. Teak is an extremely durable and porous material that can withstand moisture and sunlight, which prevented slipping and allowed for crewmembers to maneuver about the ship quickly.

“We are honored to receive such generous amounts of teak from the USS Missouri, which directly supports Hawai‘i craftsmen who then can continue creating innovative products during such a challenging time for small, local businesses, ” said Michael Tam, CEO of Martin & MacArthur. “This new Teak Collection allows the world to see what Hawai‘i has to offer as well as own a piece of historical significance.”

The specially crafted teak products will soon be available for purchase at Martin & MacArthur stores and online. A portion of proceeds supports the USS Missouri Memorial Association’s mission to preserve the Battleship Missouri and share her story and place in history. Martin & MacArthur are continually working hard at crafting additional products that will be completed in time for fourth of July.

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Caption: Martin & MacArthur craftsman Cam Holtey sanding teak frames.

Caption: Martin & MacArthur teak resin pens created by Ret. Air Force Veteran Dale Dennison.

Caption: Martin & MacArthur teak music box (small and medium) created by Hawai‘i craftsman Chuck Dominguez.

Caption: Martin & MacArthur teak ornament created by Hawai‘i craftsman Shaun Tokunaga.

About the Battleship Missouri Memorial
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

Safety is our top priority. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is taking additional steps to assure guests will have a safe and healthy experience touring the Mighty Mo. We respectfully ask all visitors to abide by State of Hawaii safety guidelines while on site.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission is $29.99 per adult and $13.99 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘āina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (808) 455-1600 or visit

About Martin & MacArthur

Martin & MacArthur is Hawaii’s premier manufacturer and retailer of fine home furnishings and personal accessories, incorporating world-renowned Koa. The Company was founded in 1961 by Jon Martin. As it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the Company has expanded to 12 stores throughout Hawaii and a significant online business. All locations feature the Company’s Koa products made by its own 35 craftsmen as well as over 100 local Hawaii craftsmen, creating fine woodwork, paintings, glass sculptures, bronze sculptures, and fine jewelry.

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Media Contacts:

Shere’e Quitevis

(808) 741-1668

Jaclyn Hawse
(808) 455-1600 ext. 246