Top Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Hawai‘i for 2022
Memorial Day is the quintessential signal for the start of summer. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 30. Remember, pay tribute, and celebrate those who lost their lives in service to our country by spending the long weekend on the island of sun, sand, and surf. Here are the top events and things to do on Memorial Day weekend in O‘ahu for 2022.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions and events mentioned may be closed or canceled without notice. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for updates and safety measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly.
Participate in the Lantern Floating Ceremony (online)
The annual Lantern Floating Ceremony held at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu brings together nearly 50,000 people from around the world each Memorial Day to dedicate lanterns to loved ones past and present. In lieu of the lantern festival this year, organizers have instead invited the public to take part in a slew of virtual and in-person activities. Alternate activities will include an interactive experience on the grounds of Shinnyo-en Hawai‘i, a Buddhist temple just north of Waikiki (open to the public by reservation from May 27 through June 5, 2022), and a live TV and internet broadcast on May 30, 2022 from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. HST.
Get Tickets to the 50th State Fair
After a two year hiatus, the 50th State Fair is back and bigger than ever. Setting up at Aloha Stadium from May 27 through July 4, 2022, the fun will include a diverse group of circus performers, food and beverage booths provided by local non-profits, games, the Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition, and new and classic carnival rides alike.
Tour Pearl Harbor
Honor Hawai‘i’s military history by visiting Pearl Harbor. The active military base west of Honolulu is full of artifacts, vintage aircraft carriers, submarines, and battleships present during the 1941 attack. Visit main historic sites within the National Historic Landmark like the USS Arizona Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Save at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel with a Military Discount
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is proud to offer special rates and perks for eligible military personnel. Mahalo for your service! Our Military Appreciation package includes savings of up to 20% off your daily room rate, plus late check out, a room upgrade, and discounts on parking and the resort charge.* If you’re traveling under orders, you may qualify for our Military Temporary Lodging Allowance package, which includes complimentary valet parking and a waived resort charge.
*Perks are based on availability. Valid Military ID is required at check-in. Those qualifying for TLA must provide PCS orders. Visit Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for more details.
Visit the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial
Constructed in the form of a salt water public swimming pool in Waikiki, the Natatorium was built as a memorial honoring the 10,000 citizens of Hawai‘i who served during World War I. The pool may be closed to the public, but the memorial is still a fascinating place to visit. The entrance alone is a site to see, and features an arch with four stone eagles typical of the 1920s Hawaiian Beaux-Arts architectural style. A Memorial Day ceremony featuring a special hula performance and 21-gun salute is routinely held at the Natatorium honoring fallen military members.
See the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra at the Waikiki Shell
Just south of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Kapiʻolani Regional Park, the Waikiki Shell outdoor music venue has a few special performances lined up for Memorial Day weekend. The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Def Leppard on Friday, May 27 and The Music of The Rolling Stones on Saturday, May 28. While both bands hail from England, their music is beloved worldwide, and listening to the orchestra perform their hits under Waikiki’s night sky will be a Memorial Day weekend for the books. See more live music at Tiki’s Grill & Bar on the 3rd floor of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. The iconic venue hosts live music every night of the week.
Stroll Around the Punchbowl Cemetery
Swing by the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, commonly referred to as Punchbowl Crater or Punchbowl Cemetery, to pay your respects to our country’s heroes. The Honolulu cemetery sitting atop the extinct volcanic tuff cone is the resting place of over 50,000 veterans and their families. Each year on Memorial Day, the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony honors the men and women with a cannon salute, a U.S. Air Force and Hawai‘i Air National Guard flyover, and music from the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Explore O‘ahu’s War Memorials
There are a number of lesser-known war memorials on the island that are just as important as places like Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl. While in Honolulu, stop by the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace. The memorials sit side-by-side among a lush landscape and contain beautifully carved black granite blocks with the names of the citizen soldiers who lost their lives. Not far from the memorials, the Eternal Flame rests just outside the Hawai‘i State Capitol. The flame burns endlessly and is dedicated to the people of Hawai‘i that served in the United States Armed Forces. On the North Shore, is the beautiful war memorial at Hale‘iwa Beach Park. The large white obelisk honors those from the Waialua-Kahuku area "who gave their lives that the rest of the world may live in peace" during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
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