Top 3 Things to do on Oahu for Memorial Day 2012

For local Hawaii residents and tourists alike, there are a variety of things to do on Oahu for Memorial Day 2012. You may pay your respects at Punchbowl, visit some of the most notable sites of WWII at Pearl Harbor and set adrift a floating lantern at Magic Island.

Scouts honor the fallen at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

At 8:30 am on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, local boy scouts will adorn over 50,000 grave sites with hand-made flower leis. The community brings together and school children and residents to show respect to the fallen heros of the Pacific Theater battles.
Arrive early to find parking and enjoy the fresh morning breeze as you gaze out from the rim of Punchbowl overlooking the city of Honolulu for a peaceful beginning of this Memorial Day. The Royal Hawaiian Band will be filling the air with soft tones to re-enforce the solemnity of the day.

Pearl Harbor: 4-in-1 things to do on Oahu for Memorial Day

1) The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

The visitor center at Pearl Harbor is full of World War II memorabilia, exhibits and historical sites. Walk the beautiful grounds and browse the museum, watch a short documentary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and then visit the USS Arizona Memorial by shuttle boat.
The unique Memorial sets atop the USS Arizona wreckage and has inscribed within its walls the names of the 1,177 sailors lost with the ship. Learn more about Pearl Harbor.

2) USS Battleship Missouri

‘Mighty Mo’ was the last battleship ever made by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan that ended World War II. It is now a museum (admission is free for military on Memorial Day) and you can walk aboard and see the magnificence of this great war vessel.

3) USS Bowfin

The USS Bowfin is a submarine that was commissioned during World War II and saw war action in the Pacific, sinking enemy ships. For an admission fee (free for military on Memorial Day) you can walk through the same tight quarters that once carried US sailors all over the world in defense of the US.4) Pacific Aviation Museum
Pacific Aviation Museum sits on Ford Island near the historic Air Traffic Control Tower. The Museum houses 30 WWII aircraft and other war-time equipment and dioramas. There will be an opportunity to sign a quilt from 10 am – 2 p.m. that will be presented to the family of a fallen Hawaiian soldier. Visit Pearl Harbor and you’ll be immersed in the history and the sacrifices of the soldiers that have defended the land of the free and home of the brave.

Bay of lights

Starting at 6 p.m. on Memorial Day there will be a Lantern Floating Ceremony open to the public. If you get to Ala Moana park earlier in the afternoon you might be able to receive a lantern to float, otherwise you can write a remembrance to go in a lantern.
About 3,000 lanterns will be released into the sea just off of magic island, the sight is very respectful and peaceful. This is a very special way to remember those we have lost. Whether you do one or more of these things to do on oahu for Memorial Day, this Memorial Day will be full of gratitude and peace for the sacrifices of those who’ve gone before us.

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