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2007 Memorial Day in Hawaii

Information about 2007 Memorial Day events in Hawaii.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May in the United States and it is a day set aside to honor the memory of the men and women who died fighting in the United States armed forces. Memorial Day is typically observed by placing flags on graves and tossing flowers in the water to honor those who died at sea.

Donate a Lei for Memorial Day

Every year on Memorial Day fifty thousand fresh flower lei are placed on the graves of veterans at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu and at veterans' cemeteries on several of the Hawaiian Islands. Fifty thousand fresh lei are needed by Friday, May 25, 2007. They can be dropped off at designated fire stations and other places. For more information about donating a wMemorial Day lei contact 808-692-5106.
- 50,000 Lei Needed for 2007 Hawaii Memorial Day Ceremonies

Oahu Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations

National Roll Call of Honor
U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka will be the keynote speaker at the National Roll Call of Honor at the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific on Sunday May 27, 2007 at 10:00 am. Sponsored by the Pacific American Foundation.

Hawaii Veterans Cemetery Grave Decoration
On Sunday May 27, 2007 at 12:30 pm the Girl Scouts will begin decorating each of the nearly 6000 graves at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe with a small United States flag and a lei.

Punchbowl Cemetery Grave Decoration
On Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will begin decorating each of the graves in Punchbowl Cemetery with a small United States flag and a lei.

Rolling Thunder
On Sunday May 27, 2007 at 5:30 pm the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club and other motorcycle clubs in Hawaii will meet at Kakaako Park and travel to Punchbowl Cemetery where they will place two twenty-five foot lei on the walls of the Court of the Missing.

Memorial Day Eve Candlelight Ceremony
There will be a Memorial Day Eve Candlelight Ceremony on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 6:00 pm in Punchbowl Cemetery. Rear Admiralty Van Alford Jr, Pacific Command Chief of Staff will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will end with 1000 candles being lit in remembrance of military personnel from all countries still missing in action. Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Post 10583 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Vietnamese Coalition of Hawaii.

Mayor's Punchbowl Memorial Day Ceremony
The Mayor of Honolulu , Mufi Hannemann, will host the 58th annual Mayor's Memorial Day Service in Punchbowl Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2007. One of the guest speakers will be Pearl Harbor Survivor Ray Emery and the Marine Corp Band will play. For parking and other information call 808-532-3720.

Schofield Barracks Memorial Day Ceremony
On Monday, May 28, 2007 at 11:30 am there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery presented by the U.S. Army Garrison of Hawaii.

Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony
Governor Linda Lingle will speak at the annual Governor's Day Memorial Service at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe on Monday, May 28 2007 at 1:15 pm.

Magic Island Lantern Floating Ceremony
The 9th annual Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony will take place at Monday, May 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm in Honolulu's Ala Moana Park. the event honors ancestors and loved ones who have passed away. More then 1000 candle lit lanterns will be floated away from shore. Prayer requests can be made at the park between 1:00 and 6:00 pm.

Waikiki Beachboys Annual Paddle Out
Every year on Memorial day the beachboys of Waikiki paddle out to sea with friends, family, and current and past residents of Hawaii in memory of loved ones whose ashes have been sprinkled into the sea anywhere in the world. The event typically takes place beet wen 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Waikiki beach Riders mount a photo and the name of their loved one on a surfboard and paddle in a group out to sea.

Military Memorials on Oahu
Photos and information about the USS Arizona Memorial, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the Hawaii State Veterans Memorial, the Hawaii Korean War Memorial, the Hawaii Vietnam War Memorial, and many other military and war memorials in Hawaii. Many of Hawaii's Memorial day events and ceremonies will be take place at these memorials.

Wahiawa Pineapple Festival
This is not a Memorial Day ceremony but it is happening over Memorial Day Weekend. The 2007 Wahiawa Pineapple Festival will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2007 and it will feature live entertainment, a pineapple theme baking contest, old plantation games, free narrated trolley rides through Wahiawa, historical and educational displays, a country store, children's activities, a pineapple dipping station and chocolate fountain and pineapple theme dishes prepared by some of Hawaii's top chefs.

Maui Memorial Day Ceremonies

West Maui AJA Veterans Club - Memorial Day Service
Lahaina Veterans Memorial Hall

Maui Veterans Council - Memorial Day Service
Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao

There might be Memorial Day events at other places on Maui, for example
-Nisei Veterans Memorial Ceremony (Kahului)
-Maui War Memorial Stadium (Wailuku)

Big Island Memorial Day Weekend Events

Honokaa Western Week
May 19-28, 2007

Kauai Memorial Day Weekend Events

Kauai Polynesian Festival
May 24-27, 2007
- May 24: Grand Luau (Hilton Kauai Beach Resort)
- May 25-27: Festival (Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field)

See also:
- More About Memorial Day in Hawaii
- Other May Events in Hawaii
- Other Holidays in Hawaii

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