Having a significant military presence in Hawaii, Memorial Day is highly celebrated. From discounts for military members and their families at local restaurant chains to memorial services held for our fallen comrades. Memorial Day is about honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and if you’re in Hawaii during this special time, be sure to take advantage by visiting one of the places listed to pay homage.
1. PEARL HARBOR
When visiting Hawaii, what better way to spend some time at Pearl Harbor. Pay respect to those fallen. We wrote about Pearl Harbor and how you can get in for FREE. Check out this post for more information!
When: Open every day from 7am-5pm
Where: 1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
2. LANTERN FLOATING
The annual lantern floating ceremony brings over 50,000 people together on Memorial Day. This event is for everyone who lost a loved one and it is held at Ala Moana beach park. The floating ceremony itself will start at 6:30pm, just before sunrise. If you’d like to participate by floating a lantern, there will be a Lantern Request Tent from 10am-4pm. It is first-come, first-served basis as they run out of lanterns. For more information, visit here.
When: May 28th from 10am-7:30pm
Where: Ala Moana Beach Park (1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814)
3. EAT THE STREET
If you’re not familiar with Eat the Street, It’s Oahu’s monthly food truck rally. Every month, they have a specific theme, this one will be Garlic month! Food vendors will come up with a garlic dish and each vendor sells different items. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
When: May 25, 2018 from 4pm-9pm
Where: Kaka’ako Makai Gateway Park (461 Cooke St, Honolulu, HI 96813)
4. 50TH STATE FAIR
50th State Fair is held at the Aloha Stadium every year from the end of May to beginning of July. During Memorial Day weekend, you’re able to spend it at the fair with the whole family. Lots of fun rides, games, and fair food to enjoy!
When: May 25th to 28th (Fridays: 6pm – midnight, Saturdays: 4pm – midnight, Sundays: noon – midnight, May 28: noon – midnight)
Where: 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd in Honolulu, Hawaii
5. KANEOHE BAY SANDBAR
If you know anyone with a boat, you’re able to go to the sandbar. Also, if you’re a military and licensed to drive a boat, you’re able to rent a boat at the Marine Corps Base Marina. Lots of people come here to celebrate Memorial Day weekend for some sun, snorkeling, beach, and bbq. Keep in mind, alcohol is not allowed and there will be police/DLNR going around on boats.
When: Anyday, anytime
Where: Kaneohe Bay Kaneohe, HI 96744