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Hawaii Veterans Day Events

Veterans Day is an official Hawaii state holiday that is observed every year on November 11. Veterans Day events in Hawaii include parades and ceremonies on several islands.

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

Here are some ideas for observing Veterans Day in Hawaii. Includes Hawaii Veterans Day parades and ceremonies on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Veterans Day Events by Island

Oahu Veterans Day Events

Veteran's Day events on Oahu include a ceremony inside the National Cemetery of the dPacific inside Punchbowl Crater, a program at the Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery in Kaneohe and Veterans Day parades in Central Oahu and West Oahu.

Maui Veterans Day Events
The Maui Sons and Daughters of Nisei Veterans are organizing two Maui Veterans Day events in 2009, a display with live entertainment on Veterans Day and a craft fair the Sunday before Veterans Day.

Kauai Veterans Day Events
The Sunday before Veterans Day there will be a Kauai Veterans Day Parade and Family Festival that will include a parade from the Kapaa Boat Harbor to Kapaa Beach and a ceremony and family festival at Kapaa Beach Park after the parade.

Big Island Veterans Day Events
Veteran's Day Parade in Hilo

Places to Visit on Veteran's Day in Hawaii

Another idea for observing Veteran's Day in Hawaii is to visit one of Hawaii's historic military sites, or one of Hawaii's military memorials and museums.

Visit Historic Military Sites at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor historic sites you can visit include the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. Pearl Harbor is located on the south side of Oahu Island, a few miles west of Downtown Honolulu.

Military Memorials in Hawaii
Includes the Hawaii State Veterans Memorial, the Hawaii Korean and Vietnam War Memorial, the Brothers in Valor Memorial, the Haleiwa Beach War Memorial, the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, the Memorial to Fallen Hawaiian Warriors, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, and other military monuments and memorials in Hawaii.

Military Museums in Hawaii
Information about the Hawaii Army Museum in Waikiki, the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, the Tropic Lightning Museum at Schofield Barracks, and other military museums in Hawaii.

Visit a National Park in Hawaii on Veteran's Day
Every Veteran's Day the United States National Parks Service offers free admission to military personnel, veterans, and their families. For information about National Parks on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii see National Parks in Hawaii

Ideas for Observing Veteran's Day in Your Home Town

Visit a National Military Park in Your Area
Information about United National Military Parks, in many different U.S. states and territories, that commemorate battlefields and other historic military sites.

Visit a Military Cemetery in Your Area
Buy flowers or flags to decorate some of the graves at your local United States National VA Cemetery. Call the cemeteries to find out if they will have a Veteran's Day ceremony on or near November 11.

Support a Veterans Organization
Contribute a donation or volunteer to help one of these Veteran's service organizations, or find out how you and your family can help one of your local Veterans organizations.

Watch an Award Winning War Film
All of these movies about U.S.involvement in military conflicts won Academy Awards for best picture of the year. All of the movie links below go to Amazon.com, where you can buy the films or just learn more about them.
-1930: All Quiet on the Western Front (2 Oscar Awards)
-1953: From Here to Eternity (8 Oscar Awards)
-1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai (7 Oscar Awards)
-1970: Patton (7 Oscar Awards)
-1978: The Deer Hunter (5 Oscar Awards)
-1986: Platoon (7 Oscar Awards)

Read Your Children a Book About Veteran's Day
All of these Veteran's Day Children's books have a reading level of age 4 through 8. All of these links to go Amazon.com, where you can buy the books or learn more about them.
- The Veterans Day Visitor (Reading Level: Age 4-8)
- The Wall (Reading Level: Age 4-8)
- Our Nation's Pride: Veteran's DAy (Reading Level: Age 4-8)
- Rookie Read-About Holidays: Veterans Day (Reading Level: Age 4-8)

See also:
- Other November Events in Hawaii
- Other Holidays in Hawaii

Related Links
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Elsewhere on the Web
The History of Veterans Day (va.gov)
A Chronological History of Veterans Day (army.mil)
Wikipedia Introduction to Veterans Day

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