Monday, May 29, 2023 at 8:30am at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Pūowaina (Punchbowl). FREE Event and open to the public.
Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all of the courageous men and women who died fighting for our country and to honor those who lost their lives in war. The 72nd Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony will have presentations and tributes, including: oli, speeches, color guard, presentation of wreaths, firearm salute, F-22 aircraft flyover, playing of taps, performances from the Royal Hawaiian Band and Sounds of Aloha Chorus, and hula from the 94th Lei Court.
Parking at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will be very limited. Suggested parking located at nearby schools (Abraham Lincoln Elementary and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle) starting at 7 am and shuttles will be available. Only Handi-Vans and marked taxis will be allowed to drop-off inside the cemetery. Public parking is also available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, with special TheBus route 123 service from the nearby Alapa’i Transit Center up to Pūowaina. The first bus from Alapa’i Transit Center will depart 7 a.m. with three additional trips to Pūowaina leaving every 20 minutes. The final bus will depart at 8 a.m. Return trips from Pūowaina to Alapa’i will begin promptly at the end of the ceremony. Parking is free, but regular bus fares apply.
Please make sure to wear sunscreen, hats, and UV protective clothing. Bring water and covered seating is limited for the ceremony. Umbrellas are allowed, but please do not bring chairs unless medically required. Only certified service animals will be allowed. Reserved seating will be offered to veterans and invited guests. Remaining seats will be offered to the public on a first come, first served basis.
Thank you to all the men and women who have come before us and have dedicated their lives to serve our country so that we may have the freedom we have today! Bless you!
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Pūowaina (Punchbowl) | 2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813