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Memorial Day Celebration

Annually, at the Honolulu Memorial Day ceremony, flower leis and American flags are placed on the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Punchbowl Cemetery.  Jet fly-overs, gun salutes, a moment of reflection and speeches are held at the cemetery to honor the dead.  Most of us take flowers to our family graves. 

The Lantern Floating Ceremony (more information on Lantern Floating in the History, Cross_Culture article Lantern_Floating_Hawai’i) hosted by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist sect during the Memorial Day weekend at Ala Moana Beach Park at Magic Island with musical performances and traditional taiko drumming.

Other events include motorcycle ride, races, military bands, etc.

     28 May 2016, Sat, 24th annual Seabee 5K/20K - Ford Island run includes historic runway, flight tower, USS Missouri Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial and USS Utah Memorial. 

     29 May 2016, Sun, 10th annual Hibiscus Half Marathon, 15K & 5 Miler 2016 - starts and ends at Kapiolani Park at the Diamond Head end. 

100th Annual King Kamekameha Day Floral Parade

11 Jun 2016

Kamehameha I
Photo from en.wikipedia.org

History Of Kamehameha Day

The first King Kamehameha Day was celebrated on 11 Jun 1872.  Kamehameha V (Lot Kapuaiwa, King Kamehameha Iʻs grandson) instituted the celebration with fairs, carnivals, horse races and other celebrations.

Floral Parade On Oʻahu

The parade runs from ‘Iolani Palace, downtown Honolulu past Honolulu Harbor and the Prince Kūhiō Federal Building through Kaka’ako, Ala Moana and Waikīkī, ending at Kapi’olani Park.  The parade features floats decorated with native flowers and plants, royal pa’u riders representing the 8 major islands of Hawai’i and Molokini and marching bands, including the Royal Hawaiian Band (the oldest municipal band in the US).  After the parade at Kapi’olani Park there is a Ho’olaule’a (block party with food and music) and cultural exhibitions (arts and crafts, games, sports, and other events planned by the Bishop Museum).

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a hui hou (until we meet again)
Doreen Harunaga-Ewing
Honolulu County Coordinator

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