Memorial Day is a time to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation. For many, that sacrifice happened right here on Oahu or throughout the Pacific. Add to that historical actuality Hawaii’s high concentration of active duty military members serving throughout the islands, most of whom have served now in time of war, and Memorial Day in Hawaii becomes especially meaningful. Their are many ways that your family can pay tribute to their sacrifices and honor the fallen with events and ceremonies held through the island on Memorial Day.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Each Memorial Day weekend local Boy Scouts from the Aloha Council decorate every veteran’s grave with U.S. flags and more that 50,000 fresh flower or ti leaf leis hand sewn by local residents and school children. At 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, the Mayor of Honolulu will host the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony. Events will include music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a traditional 21 gun salute, flyovers, and speeches from the Mayor and other dignitaries. Parking is limited. The City and County of Honolulu will provide special bus service to the cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony from the Punchbowl city bus stop on Route 15, Makiki/Pacific Heights, on Memorial Day. Free parking will be available at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building garage (near Honolulu Hale) for motorists boarding buses at the nearby Alapai Transit Center. Pick up at the transit center will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.