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Memorial Day in Hawaii

How Memorial Day is observed in Hawaii. Includes information about Memorial Day evens in Hawaii including ceremonies and services at veterans' cemeteries, military facilities, parks, and other places in Hawaii. Also includes information about events taking place on Memorial Day Weekend, the Saturday and Sunday before The Monday Memorial Day holiday.

Memorial Day in Hawaii
Memorial Day at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery on Maui
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr/USGS



About Memorial Day
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 and flowers on graves and tossing flowers in the water to honor those who died at sea. The 2009 Memorial Day holiday in the United States is Monday, May 25, 2009.

Donate a Lei for Memorial Day in Hawaii
Every year on Memorial Day fifty thousand fresh flower leis are placed on the graves of veterans at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu and at other veterans' cemeteries on Oahu and the outer islands. The general public is invited to donate leis made of ti leaves or fresh flowers only that measure 20 to 24 inches before tying, and the leis must be tied. The leis are usually needed by the Friday before Memorial Day. For information about drop-off locations on Oahu call the City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department at 808-768-3002.

Oahu Memorial Day Events

May 24, 2009
Natatorium Memorial Day Ceremony
The 21st Annual Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium Memorial Day Service will take place on Sunday, May, 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Natatorium on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach. The Friends of the Natatorium have sponsored this event every year since 1989 to remember Hawaii loved ones lost from all American wars and to honor all of Hawaii's military veterans.

May 25, 2009
Schofield Barracks Memorial Day Ceremony
The U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Hawaii will present a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. USAG Hawaii commander Colonel Matthew Margotta will be the keynote speaker and representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion will also participate and help place wreaths at the cemetery flagpole. The general public is invited to attend. They shuld enter Schofield Barracks at the Foote Gate off of Kunia Road and have with them a validate driver's license, auto registration, proof of auto insurance, and valid photo identification for each occupant in the car (all of that is necessary for security reasons).

May 25, 2009
Punchbowl Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
The 60th Annual Honolulu Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific inside Punchbowl Crater on Monday, May 25, 2009 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Special guest speakers will include L. Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka, U.S. Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono, Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Hawaii Adjutant General Robert Lee. More then 35 Veterans organizations On the Saturday and Sunday before the event, Boy Scouts will place a lei on each grave to honor the memory of veterans and military service members who have passed away.

May 25, 2009
Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
Every year on Memorial Day the State of Hawaii Office of Veterans Services and the Governor of Hawaii host a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery on the eastern Windward side of Oahu. The ceremony typically includes military band music, a traditional Hawaiian chant, a parade of veterans organizations carrying their flags, an honor guard rifle salute, a helicopter flyover, and a keynote address by the Hawaii Governor and a guest speaker. The Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery is located at 45-349 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. This year's event will take place on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. The key note address will be given by Lieutenant Governor Aiona and the Distinguished Guest Speaker will be Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary, VA Government Affairs.

May 25, 2009
Hawaii Lantern Floating Ceremony
The 11th Annual Shinnyo-en Hawaii Lantern Floating Ceremony will take place on Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in Honolulu's Ala Moana Park. Pre-ceremony activities During this event, 1000 candle-lit lanterns are floated off shore in a Buddhist tradition practiced throughout Japan to honor ancestors and comfort the spirits of the deceased loved ones.

May 25, 2009
CVMAHI Memorial Day Wreath Motorcycle Ride
Ever year on Memorial Day members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of Hawaii (CVMAHI) ride as a group to the National Cemetery of the Pacific for a wreath laying remembrance ceremony to honor veterans. The 6th Annual CVMAHI Memorial Day Wreath Ride will take place on Monday, May 25, 2009. For more information call 808 256-0007.

May 25, 2009
Give Blood in Honolulu on Memorial Day and Get Free Ice Cream
Give a pint of blood at the Dillingham Donar Center in Honolulu on Memorial Day and receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream from participating ice cream shops. To make an appointment or get more information call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 808-845-9966 or 800-372-9966.

Visit an Oahu Military Monument on Memorial Day
Some of these Oahu military memorials and monuments will probably host ceremonies or services on Memorial Day in Hawaii but even if they don't, visiting one or more of these monuments would be a memorable way to spend Memorial Day in Hawaii. This page includes photos and information about the USS Arizona Memorial, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the Hawaii State Veterans Memorial, the Hawaii Korean and Vietnam War Memorial, the Memorial to Fallen Hawaiian Warriors, the Brothers in Valor Memorial, and the Haleiwa Beach War Memorial.

OAHU MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

May 23, 2009
Dave Koz with the Honolulu Symphony
The Honolulu Symphony will perform with Dave Koz in concert at the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park May 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact the Honolulu Symphony Box Office at 808-792-2000.

May 23, 2009
2009 Hawaii Weiner Derby
The inaugural Hawaii Weiner Derby Dachshund Races will take place at Thomas Square in Downtown Honolulu on Saturday, May 23, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is part of the Hawaiian Humane Society K-9 Game Day.

May 24, 2009
Race Against Domestic Violence 5K
Five kilometer running event in Manoa Valley District Park on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 7:00 a.m. Award ceremony at 8:30 am. will feature prizes, food, and entertainment. Scenic rolling hills route through the Manoa Valley. Manoa Valley District Park is located at 2721 Kaaipu Avenue. Participants must register online at Active.com by Friday, May 22, 2009.

Big Island Memorial Day Events and Activities

VISIT A BIG ISLAND VETERANS CEMETERY ON MEMORIAL DAY

West Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
The West Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona on the west side of Hawaii Island.

East Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
The East Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery is located on Home Lani Lane in Hilo on the east side of Hawaii Island.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS ON HAWAII ISLAND

May 25, 2009
Imiloa Astronomy Center Memorial Day Event (PDF)
The Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii will host a Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 25, 2009 that includes live Hawaiian music, crafts, hands-on activities, and special presentations. The center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Memorial Day . Located at 600 Imiloa Place in Hilo on the east side of Hawaii Island. For more information about the Imiloa Memorial Day Celebration call 808-69-9703.

May 25, 2009
Give Blood in Hilo on Memorial Day and Get Free Ice Cream
Give a pint of blood at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo on Memorial Day and receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream from participating ice cream shops. To make an appointment or get more information call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 808-845-9966 or 800-372-9966.

May 23-25, 2009
Hilo Inter-Tribal PowWow
the 2009 Hilo Inter-Tribal PowWow will take place May 23-25 at Wailoa River Park in Hilo on the east side of Hawaii Island. The event will feature Native American storytelling, traditional arts and crafts, food, children's activities and live performances. for more information call 808-557-8607.

Maui Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day Events on Maui
In past years there have been Memorial Day Services at the Maui Veterans' Cemetery in Makawao and at the Lahaina Veterans Memorial Hall. Other possible venues for Maui Memorial Day ceremonies: the Nisei Veterans Memorial in Kahului and the Maui War Memorial Stadium.

Visit the Maui Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day
The Maui Veterans Cemetery is located on Baldwin Avenue in Makawao in upcountry Maui.

Kauai Memorial Day Events

Visit the Kauai Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day
Check with the Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe to find out if a Memorial Day service or ceremony will be held there during any particular year. They cemetery can be contacted at 808-335-3692 and they are located at 4331 Lele Road in Hanapape.

Kauai Polynesian Festival
The Kauai Polynesian Festival usually takes place every Memorial Day weekend but the 2009 event was canceled due to loss of funding. The organizers are expecting to bring back the event in 2010. The 9th annual Kauai Polynesian Festival is scheduled to take place May 27-30, 2010.

Molokai Memorial Day Events

Visit the Molokai Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day
The Molokai Veterans Cemetery is located 2725 Lihi Pali Avenue in Hoolehua.

Lanai Memorial Day Events

Visit the Lanai Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day
The Lanai Veterans Cemetery is located on Lanido Road in Lanai City



See also:
- Other Military Events in Hawaii
- More May Hawaii Events



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