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USS Missouri 65th Anniversary Celebration
January 31, 2009

Photos and information about the celebrating the 65th anniversary of the launching of the USS Missouri Battleship and the 10th anniversary of the USS Missouri Battleship Tours in Honolulu's Pearl Harbor.

USS Missouri Veteran Picture Might Mo Cookoff
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

Photos of Mighty Mo's 65th Anniversary Celebration
Pictures of the celebrity cook off, celebrity guests and judges, live entertainment, speakers, and volunteer and chef awards at the Might Mo "Hawaii's Mightiest Chef" competition commemorating the 65th anniversary of the launching of the USS Missouri Battleship and the 10th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor USS Missouri Tours.

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From the Event Organizers:
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s grand opening - as well as the 65th anniversary of the legendary battleship’s launch from Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II - the memorial will present the "Hawaii’s Mightiest Chef" cook-off on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in the shadow of the "Mighty Mo" herself. All-day admission will be free for all kamaaina (local residents) and military with valid ID. Ford Island will be accessible to the public.

Schedule of Events
-9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Free admission for all kamaaina (local residents) and military with valid ID
-10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Live Entertainment
-11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - "Hawaii's Mightiest Chef" - cook-off featuring live pier side entertainment and food for purchase, including cook-off entry selections
-12:00 Noon - Main program featuring guest remarks and presentation of volunteer awards
-2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Announcement of cook-off results and presentation of "Hawaii’s Mightiest Chef"

-Royal Hawaiian Band
-Beach 5
-Melveen Leed
-Hula Halau ka Ua Kilihune and its
-Kumu Hula Al Makahinu Barcarse

Hawaii's Mightiest Chef Cook off
Local celebrity chefs will pit their most delectable dishes against some of the finest fare prepared by Navy ship and station cooks for bragging rights and prizes in several categories. Top semifinalist prizes will be awarded for best civilian and military participants, with the designation of "Hawaii’s Mightiest Chef" going to the best of show selection. A special panel of judges from private and public sectors will convene to preside over the ceremonies.

Celebrity Chefs
-Chef Roderick Dizor, Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar
-Chef Glenn Chu, Indigo Restaurants
-Chef Koji Oishi, Creations in Catering/Dole Ballrooms
-Chef David Saccomanno, Gordon Biersch
-Chef Kyle Yonashiro, Ruth Chris Restaurant Row
-Chef Michael Kurch, Hale Koa Hotel
- About the Chefs

-Chef Alan Wong, Chef and Cookbook Author
-Mr. Conrad Nonaka, Culinary Institute of the Pacific Director
-Mr. John Heckathorn, Editor of Hawaii Magazine
-Mrs. Constance Carr
-Captain Donald D. Hodge

-DIAMOND SPONSOR: Kahala Caterers
-PLATINUM SPONSOR: TriWest Healthcare Alliance
-GOLD SPONSOR: a'a Party Rentals
-GOLD SPONSOR: Northrop Grumman
-Theatrix Hawaii
-A&B Foundation
-WestPac International
-Lava Motors
-Accel Party Rentals & Design
-MAC Knife, Inc, USA
-Pearlridge Center

About the USS Missouri Battleship
America’s last battleship, the USS Missouri (BB-63), launched in January 1944, fought in the pivotal Pacific battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and secured her place in history as the site of Japan’s formal surrender that ended history’s most devastating war. She and her crews over five decades continued a long career in defense of freedom, including service in the Korean War and the First Gulf War. The Missouri was decommissioned for the final time in 1992 but was soon reborn as the "Battleship Missouri Memorial" in Pearl Harbor, together with the USS Arizona Memorial symbolizing the beginning and the end of America’s role in WWII. Today, the Battleship Missouri Memorial welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors from around the world each year and is a recognized model for historic museum ship attractions and interactive history-based education experiences.

About the USS Missouri Battleship Tours
The Battleship Missouri Memorial’s standard operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $16 per adult and $8 per child 4-12. Military and kamaaina (local resident) admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child 4-12. All military in uniform are granted free admission at the gate. Guided tours are recommended and begin at just $7 additional per person. For visitor information or to reserve a tour, call toll-free at 1-877-MIGHTYMO (1-877-644-4896) or visit www.ussmissouri.org.

See also:
- USS Missouri Battleship Tour
- Planning a Day in Pearl Harbor

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