Memorial Day weekend schedule of Hawaii events
Sunday, May 26
8 a.m. - Honolulu Shinto Renmei Tribute at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is a memorial service sponsored by four Shinto Buddhist shrines. Participants will pay tribute to American veterans as well as call for peace and reconciliation among the nations of the world.
10 a.m. - "Roll Call of Honor in Remembrance" Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl will be conducted by the Pacific American Foundation to recognize the dedicated service, sacrifice and special contributions made by Pacific-Island veterans.
10 a.m. - 25th Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium: The top U.S. Army general in the Pacific will be principal speaker at this 25th annual commemoration of Hawaii's and the nation’s war dead. Also speaking will be a retired senior officer descended from one of 10,000 World War I soldiers from Hawaii memorialized by the Natatorium. The highly visual ceremony also includes a 21-gun salute and hula and other performances in honor of the occasion. The public is welcome.
12 p.m. - Scouts "Good Turn Day" at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will include a patriotic ceremony and the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of Hawaii using small flags and/or floral lei to decorate the cemetery's chapel and each of the 34,000 graves at Punchbowl.
5:30 p.m. - Vietnam Veterans Candlelight Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is sponsored by VFW 10583 & the American-Vietnamese Coalition. As part of the ceremony, Hawaii's Rolling Thunder Motorcyclists and others will light 1,000 candles; each candle represents the strobe light for a helicopter flyover in search of a U.S. service member MIA during the Vietnam War.
Monday, May 27
8:30 a.m. - 64th Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl will be led by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and will include a special musical program by the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Sounds of Aloha singers. This year's program will not include a flyover due to budget constraints.
Special TheBus buses will run from the Alapai Transit Center to Punchbowl 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.; buses will run from Punchbowl to the Alapai Transit Center at 9:30 and 9:40 a.m.. Valid TheBus passes and transfers will be accepted; fares are $2.50 each way. Please call TheBus at 848-555 for more information.
10 a.m. - Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Schofield Barracks
1:00 p.m. - Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the Memorial Plaza at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe: Gov. Neil Abercrombie will host the annual Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony. This year's themed event is "Veternas, may we never forget." Recommended attire is aloha for civilians and Class B or service equivalent for military.
6 p.m. - 15th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii: More than 5,000 lanterns will illuminate the waters off Magic Island at the 15th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. Lantern Floating Hawaii is officiated by Shinnyo-en and presented by Na Lei Aloha Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Hawaii Convention Center from 9 a.m.-midnight, with free shuttle service to Magic Island beginning at 3:30 p.m. then back to the Hawaii Convention Center from 7:45 p.m.
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