Home of the Brave was founded by the Tomlinson family in 1991 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and surrounding Military Bases on Oahu. Inspired by first hand accounts from Pearl Harbor survivors, Home of the Brave is heralded as the Hawaii’s most comprehensive and only tour of Hawaii’s Battlefield sites, attacked on December 7, 1941. The Home of the Brave Museum showcases one of the largest collections of WWII artifacts and memorabilia in the Pacific. All items are donated from Veterans and their families in this living / breathing museum – the favorite stop at the end of the day. Home of the Brave’s micro-brewery is located in the back of the museum and adjacent, the now famous Brewseum serves up delicious fresh brewed craft beers next door!
Glen & Janet Tomlinson
Janet & Glen Tomlinson are accomplished business owners with over thirty-five years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. Glen graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Travel Industry Management while Janet received her degree from Western Washington University in Communications.
With extensive experience in the hotel, bar, restaurant, and tour business in Hawaii, California, and in Europe, Janet and Glen created the Tomlinson Corporation. This extraordinary business endeavor includes Home of the Brave Tours, Home of the Brave Brewing Company, Home of the Brave Brewseum, Top Gun Tours, Koa Surf Classics, and also the most unique private WWII museum in the Pacific. Together they operate this family owned business with their three children - Duke, Baron, and Brittany.
Duke, the oldest, began working with Home of the Brave as a tour guide in his junior year of high school. In 2005 he attended Colorado State University and achieved his degree in Technical Journalism-Computer Mediated Communication in 2009. His final project at CSU was a concept business proposal to expand the family tour business into building a microbrewery for the military called "Home of the Brave Brewing Company".
He returned back to Hawaii to pursue his dream of working & continuing the family tradition of keeping history alive with Home of the Brave. He is the host of the popular "Trivia Night at the Brewseum" and is responsible for all Home of the Brave social media.
Retired Army Major Olav Holst is our Lead Guide and Resident Historian. His U.S. Army career consisted of 20 years service as a Combat Engineer and Civil Affairs Officer with extensive training and missions in Korea, the U.S. Mainland, and Hawaii. His vast knowledge of World War II history has reshaped Home of the Brave Tours. Olav’s attention to historical details and unique insights create a fascinating narrative which is much appreciated and enjoyed by those on his tour.
His impressive resume and accomplishments include working with NBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and on the major motion picture "Pearl Harbor ". Olav is a great asset to the Home of the Brave Crew and we are proud to have him on our Team.
Bob Anderson is a major contributor to our Home of the Brave Museum. He has had a strong interest in World War II history and collecting militaria dating back to when he lived in post-war Germany with his father, a U.S. Army Captain. Over the decades, he has assembled the largest, most diverse, most interesting World War II collection to be seen in Hawaii.
His vast knowledge of World War II history and fascinating collection showcase German, Japanese, American and British War artifacts. Many of these rare and valuable historical items you will not see elsewhere in Hawaii or in any other museum. Bob’s enthusiasm and support of the Home of the Brave Museum has made it a world class destination.
His biographical information includes employment with the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor Shipyard. He maintained and repaired submarines and surface warships in the dry docks and waterfront areas. He retired after 20 years service.
Bob is a veteran who served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Vietnam. He had numerous assignments at base camps throughout the country beginning with Hawaii’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi. After the 1968 Tet offensive, he spent his last months as part of a joint Army-Marine force sent to establish the northern-most communications site in the mountains overlooking the DMZ and North Vietnam border. After an extended tour of 15 months in Vietnam, he received his discharge from the Army on June 3, 1968.
Now retired, Bob enjoys devoting much time to his passion for collecting militaria and always continuing to learn more about the history of World War II.
Julie Wassel, a graduate of Santa Clara University, is the owner of her own company, Wassel Accounting Services. She handles the day to day business dealings of Home of the Brave Tours, Home of the Brave Brewing, and the Brewseum. She is also involved in beer sales and events.
She is an assistant coach with Try Fitness, loves anything to do with the ocean, her family and helping teammates get ready to take on the challenge of the Kona Ironman World Championships.
Baron Tomlinson, nicknamed Bear, has an extensive background in the home brew and craft beer business. Bear graduated from Fort Lewis College in beautiful Durango, Colorado, with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies. Having started his work career at Kona Brewing Co in Hawaii, he moved to Colorado to pursue his academic goals.
After Bear turned 21, he got a job in the packaging department at the local craft brewery in Durango, Ska Brewing Co. After graduating in the Spring of 2011, he continued to work in the beer business as a delivery driver and draft line cleaner at Standard Sales, a wholesale distributor for the Anheuser-Busch family. Bear returned to the islands to help build and develop the Home of the Brave Brewing Company and Brewseum.
Brittany Tomlinson, Home of the Brave’s Brewseum Manager and Hospitality Director, grew up in the family business and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Communications and Media Studies.
You will see her running the Brewseum nightly and at special brewing events.