Home of the Brave Staff & Tour Guides
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 Beverage Company, 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. When he isn't working he enjoys surfing & hiking to stay active and reading books to garner more knowledge to pass on to his guests on the Home of the Brave Tour.
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 has now returned to the islands to help build and develop the much anticipated Home of the Brave Brewing Co.
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 and Home of the Brave Beverage Company. 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.
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 promises to make 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
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
Retired Army Major Olav Holst is our Resident Historian, Trainer and Tour
Guide. 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
His impressive resume and accomplishments include working with NBC, The
Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and on the major
motion picture "Pearl Harbor". Watch for the upcoming video featuring Olav called "Home of the Brave
Hawai'i Victory Tour" produced by Chariot Productions. Olav is a great asset to the Home of the Brave Crew and we are proud to
have him on our Team.
Call (808) 396-8112 for more information