National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
Whether you’re a visitor to Oahu or an island resident, here are some suggestions of how to honor the day in meaningful ways:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl: On Memorial Day, Boy Scouts place a lei on each grave. At 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, you can catch the 61st annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony. Parking will be limited during the ceremony. (See our photo set from various visits to Punchbowl.)
Monday, May 31, 2010 6.30 p.m.
Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
How to get there (Google Map)
Every Memorial Day thousands of people gather at Ala Moana Beach Park for the Lantern Floating Ceremony. The ceremony remembers those who gave their lives in conflict, allows for reflection on the memories of loved ones.
Lantern Floating Hawaii - what we feel (YouTube)
We invite everybody to take part in this meaningful event. The Lantern Floating is free and open to all regardless of nationality, race, faith or lifestyle. Each individual who takes part in the ceremony will bring their own unique life journey, memories, and hopes with them. Each personal experience adds to the healing and transformative power of the event. For those wishing to make prayer requests, they will be accepted from all people regardless of religious belief. A limited number of lanterns will also be made available to the public beginning at 1 p.m.
Governor Lingle issues Memorial Day Proclamation
HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has ordered the Hawai‘i State flag to be flown at half-staff at all state and county buildings on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010, from sunrise to noon, in deep respect for patriots who have sacrificed their lives for our nation, and at full-staff from noon until sunset as a symbol of our living nation.
The Governor’s order follows national protocol, which calls for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on Memorial Day from sunrise to noon.
Click here to read Governor Lingle’s Memorial Day proclamation.
Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries
HAWAII STATE VETERANS CEMETERY
45-349 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
(Island of Oahu)
EAST HAWAII VETERANS CEMETERY-NO. I(Closed)
County of Hawaii (Island of Hawaii)
150 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
EAST HAWAII VETERANS CEMETERY-NO. II
110 Laimana Street
Hilo, HI 96720
KAUAI VETERANS CEMETERY
County of Kauai (Island of Kauai)
4331 Lele Road
Hanapepe, HI 96716
MAUI VETERANS CEMETERY
County of Maui (Island of Maui)
Makawao, HI 96786
MOLOKAI VETERANS CEMETERY
County of Maui (Island of Molokai)
2725 Lihi Pali Avenue
Hoolehua, HI 96748
WEST HAWAII STATE VETERANS CEMETERY
72-3245 Queen Kaahumanu Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
LANAI VETERANS CEMETERY
Lanai City, HI 96763