Waving the Flag on Oahu

Oahu to hold patriotic celebrations not only on the Fourth of July but throughout the year By: Marty Wentzel
Ala Moana Center will host a Fourth of July fireworks show as well as offer daytime entertainment.  // © 2011 Marty Wentzel
Ala Moana Center will host a Fourth of July fireworks show as well as offer daytime entertainment.  // © 2011 Marty Wentzel

Over the decades, Oahu has served as the site of many significant historic U.S. events and, today, it continues to play home to thousands of members of the armed forces. All year long, clients can join islanders in celebrating Hawaii’s important role in history. Here are a few patriotic highlights for 2011: 
May 21: Armed Forces Appreciation Day. Activities and displays focus on the men and machines used to defend Oahu and America as a whole. 
U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, Waikiki 
May 21: Combined Military Band Concert. Musicians from the various branches of the military join forces to play marches, classics and pops during this free annual gig. 
Hawaii Theatre, downtown Honolulu
May 29: Memorial Day Observance. The Air Force Honor Guard, King’s Guard Drill Team and local entertainers honor Hawaii’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. 
Waikiki Natatorium, Waikiki 
May 30: Lantern Floating Ceremony. At sundown, more than 3,000 candlelit lanterns are set afloat on the ocean, a Buddhist rite honoring loved ones who have passed away. There are plenty of entertainment options as well. 
Magic Island, Honolulu 
July 4: Ala Moana Center’s July 4 Spectacular. Honolulu’s indoor/outdoor shopping mall presents live entertainment starting at noon and a fireworks finale at 8:30 p.m. 
Ala Moana Center, Honolulu 
July 4: Fireworks Cruises. Clients view the sunset and Waikiki fireworks aboard the Star of Honolulu tour boat with dinner and entertainment. Also, the Hoku Naia heads out for fireworks viewing, champagne and live music.
July 15-17: BayFest Hawaii. This event thanks the military for their service while featuring carnival rides and games, national concert acts, food and military displays 
Sept. 2: The 66th Anniversary of the End of the War in the Pacific. In 1945, Japan’s surrender aboard the USS Missouri brought World War II to a close. Speakers and patriotic music honor that event. 
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Sunset Ceremony. Celebrating military personnel past and present, this event features guest speakers, patriotic music and traditional military elements. 
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Nov. 11: Wild Side Specialty Tours’ Overnighter. Marine biologists teach guests about the important role dolphins played in U.S. military history and take them underwater to view items preserved from war times 
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