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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                               May 24, 2013





(Fri., May 24, 2012) – Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, and other dignitaries will participate in the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 27, on the grounds of the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The riveting ceremony honors veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.


            Devon Nekoba will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 64th annual event. Chaplain LTC Ken Bellinger, Deputy Command Chaplain, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army, will give the invocation, and Kahu Curt Kekuna of Kawaihao Church will offer the benediction.


            Law enforcement Explorer Cortney Matute, Boy Scout Riley Kam, and Senior Girl Scout Wynne Gallogly will assist Mayor Caldwell, Governor Abercrombie, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, and Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, in placing memorial wreaths at the cemetery’s Dedicatory Stone.


            Junior ROTC cadets from Kailua, Kalaheo, Leilehua, and Nanakuli High Schools will post the 50 state flags, and the Joint Military Color Guard will present the national colors.  Numerous veterans organizations will also present wreaths and their colors. 


            The Hickam Base Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun rifle salute while “Taps” is solemnly played by the Pacific Fleet Band, led by MU1 John Wheeler.


            Hawaii’s Royal Hawaiian Band will perform “This Is My Country.” “Amazing Grace,” and “Hawaii Ponoi.” Vocalist Misty Kelai will accompany the Royal Hawaiian Band, singing “America The Beautiful.”


             The Sounds of Aloha will complete the ceremony with a medly of patriotic selections, including “Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” and “Navy Hymn – Eternal Father.”


            Parking at the cemetery is limited; therefore, the City will provide supplemental bus service for those attending the ceremony by incorporating the Punchbowl stop on Route 15, Makiki/Pacific Heights, for that day.


            Free parking will be available at the Fasi Civic Center garage for motorists boarding buses at the Alapai Transit Center. Pick up at the transit center runs from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Destination signs on the departing buses will read “15 Punchbowl.”


            Returning buses will run at two intervals only:  9:30 and 9:40 a.m. Destination signs on these buses will read “15 Alapai Transit Center. ” All normal fares apply and all bus stops along the route will be serviced.


            The Memorial Day ceremony is presented through the coordination and support of more than 50 government agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. The event is planned and conducted by the City Department of Parks and Recreation.


            Most of the lei adorning the grave sites are donated by Hawaii’s public school children through the outstanding support and coordination of the state Department of Education.  However, the public has been an overwhelming component to the success of gathering the required 50,000 lei each year for this event.  Lei donations are requested and encouraged at several drop off locations up to the day of the event.  For more information on drop off locations, please contact event chair Jeanne Ishikawa at 768-3002.


            The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture will be holding a lei sewing event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plant Quarantine Branch on 1849 Auiki Street.  More info:  Loose plumeria and other lei flowers are also needed and can be dropped off.


            For more information on the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3002. For bus information, go to or call 848-5555.






Media Contact:  Jeanne Ishikawa, Department of Parks and Recreation, 768-3002, or 777-7143.