Memorial Day ceremonies, advisories, what’s open/closed

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Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25, a federal holiday.

Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon in honor of all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and security of our country.

State and county offices will be closed, and the following will be in effect in Honolulu:

  • Emergency ambulance, fire, lifeguard and police services will be available.
  • TheBus will operate on a Sunday schedule. For route and schedule information, click here.
  • Refuse will be collected, and transfer stations, convenience centers, H-POWER and the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill will be open.
  • Parks, municipal golf courses, botanical gardens and Honolulu Zoo will be open.
  • The Neal S. Blaisdell Box Office will be closed.
  • The People’s Open Markets will not be held.
  • All Satellite City Halls and Driver’s License offices will be closed.

The following traffic and parking regulations will be in effect:

  • On-street parking will be free, except for meters on Kalakaua Avenue along Queen Kapiolani Park and metered parking lots.
  • Traffic lanes will not be coned for contraflow.
  • No parking will be permitted on the unimproved sidewalk on the right side of the road along Lanikai loop, which consists of Aalapapa and Mokulua drives. Barriers will be placed adjacent to the bike lane.

Alcohol is banned at Kaneohe Sandbar, also known as Ahu O Laka, over the three-day weekend, May 23-25 per state law.

Admission to Battleship Missouri Memorial is free for all military (active-duty, reserve, auxiliary, retired and dependents) with valid military ID.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest for travel. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division reminds travelers to arrive two to three hours early for flights.


Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 25:

The main highlight for tens of thousands of people will be the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park.

  • Click here for more information on the ceremony, including a full schedule, how to request a lantern, and traffic and parking details.

The following events are also scheduled:City and County of Honolulu’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony8:30 a.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The cemetery will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Starting at 11:30 a.m., Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops will place lei and flags on gravestones. The ceremony itself is free and open to the public, however parking is limited. Bus service will be available and is encouraged for those attending the event. Pickup at Alapai Transit Center from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Regular fares for adults and youth will be charged. Monthly adult and youth passes will be accepted, and elderly and disabled cards will be honored. Parking at the Fasi Municipal Building lot will be free.U.S. Army’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony10 a.m. at Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery

Visitors who do not possess a military ID should enter Schofield through Lyman Gate on Kunia Road, where they will be subject to an installation security background check. All vehicle occupants 16 years of age and older must present a valid state or government photo ID, and the vehicle driver must provide a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and safety check.Governor’s Memorial Day Ceremony1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery

The program begins at 12:45 p.m. with a musical prelude by the 111th Army Band of the Hawaii Army National Guard, followed by a conch shell opening featuring Kahu Manu Mook. The parade of flags and presentation of lei will be carried out by various veterans’ organizations. Office of Veteran Services Director, Ronald P. Han Jr., will serve as the master of ceremonies. Mrs. Tomoko Hotema will sing the National Anthem and Hawaii Ponoi. Kahu Kekapa Lee will provide the invocation and benediction. Gov. Ige will provide the keynote Memorial Day address with State Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Logan giving the welcoming remarks. Gov. Ige and Brig. Gen. Logan will present the state wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument. Thereafter, U.S. Pacific Command and senior commanders representing each military service will also present a wreath. A rifle salute will be performed by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s Honor Guard followed by TAPS by the 111th Army Band. Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire. Military attendees are asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire.


Memorial Day events scheduled for Sunday, May 24:17th Annual Roll Call of Honor in Remembrance Ceremony10 a.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The Pacific American Foundation holds the annual ceremony the day before Memorial Day to honor and respect all Pacific American veterans for their past and continuing service. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will be the keynote speaker.26th annual Memorial Day Observance10 a.m. at Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium

This year’s theme is “Imua i ka Ho’omana’o” (“Forward in the Spirit of Remembrance”) and pays special tribute to 10,000 from Hawaii who volunteered nearly a century ago for service in World War I. Held at Hawaii’s official World War I monument, the ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, the bugle call of Taps, hula and other performances in honor of the occasion. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is one of the first female combat veterans to serve in Congress. Betsy Merritt, Washington-based deputy general counsel and leader of the legal advocacy program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will also speak.Memorial Day Eve Candlelight Ceremony5:30 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The event begins with the arrival of about 300 motorcycle riders symbolically participating in a “Hawaii’s version” of Rolling Thunder XXVI to honor all American Prisoners of War and those Missing-In-Action. It will also feature a performance by the Marine Forces Pacific Band, a flyover by volunteers piloting various vintage aircraft performing the Missing Man Formation, wreath presentations, candle lighting, a rifle salute and Taps. It is organized by members of the Oahu Veterans Council in cooperation with the American-Vietnamese Coalition of Hawaii and other veterans’ organizations.

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