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Memorial Day weekend events

Published On: May 25 2012 03:57:51 PM HST
Updated On: May 25 2012 04:23:24 PM HST

Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28

  • The Marine Corps Honor Guard from Kaneohe Bay will hold a vigil guard in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Sunday, May 27

  • Due to the 50th anniversary ceremony being held on the USS Arizona Memorial, all public programs will be cancelled starting at noon.  The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, its audio tour, and its two museums will remain open during its regular hours from 7 a.m. to 5 pm.

Sunday, May 27 - Monday, May 28

  • Golden Anniversary Pearl Harbor Boat Tours
    • In honor of the Memorial's 50th anniversary, we ask for your support in making this anniversary truly golden, with a donation to the USS Arizona Memorial Restoration Project. In appreciation of your gift of $50 or more, we invite you and a guest to join us on a special Sunset Boat Tour to the USS Arizona Memorial.  This rare opportunity to experience the Memorial after hours will include a fully-narrated tour around Ford Island led by National Park Service Rangers. For more information, or to reserve your seats, please call 808-954-8721.

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day

  • In observance of Memorial Day, Governor Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all national and Hawaii flags at state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon.
  • Mayor Peter Carlisle, General David Bramlett, USA, Retired, and other dignitaries will participate in the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on the grounds of the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.  Parking at the cemetery is limited;  therefore, the city will provide special bus service for those attending the ceremony by incorporating the Punchbowl stop on Route 15, Maikiki/Pacific Heights, for that day.  Free parking will be available at the Fasi Civic Center garage for motorists boarding buses at the Alapai Transit Center.  Pick up at the transit center runs from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Destination signs on the departing buses will read "15 Punchbowl."  Returning buses will run at two intervals only:  9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m.  Destination signs on these buses will read "15 Alapai Transit Center."  All normal fares apply and all bus stops along the route will be serviced.
  • Military jets will conduct a low-altitude flyover at Punchbowl to commemorate the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony.  Preceding the flyover will be a rifle volley at approximately 9:15 a.m., which will last about five minutes.
  • The Army will hold an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Post Cemetery at Schofield Barracks.  The public is invited to join U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the military as they honor Army veterans and members of its sister services who gave their lives in service of our country.
  • The Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe at 1 p.m.  This year's theme is "Honoring Their Sacrifices."
  • 3,500 lanterns will illuminate the waters off Magic Island at the 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.  Lantern Floating Hawaii is presented by Na Lei Aloha Foundation and officiated by Shinnyo-en.  The event is free and open to the public.  More than 40,000 people are expected to attend.  The parking lot of Magic Island will be closed to the public from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The ceremony is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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