Memorial Day observances planned
Several events this weekend will commemorate Memorial Day, a time to reflect on those who have passed on and to honor Americans who gave their lives for their country.
Among the events:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl
• 8:30 a.m., Daijingu Temple memorial service, Memorial Chapel.
• 10 a.m., Pacific American Foundation memorial service, at the Honolulu Memorial.
• 1 p.m., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will place small American flags and lei on more than 38,000 graves.
• 5:30 p.m., Vietnam veterans, family and friends will hold their annual Vietnam Veterans Candlelight Ceremony, with keynote speaker retired Marine Brig. Gen. Jerome Hagen.
• 8:30 a.m., annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, with keynote speakers U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
• 1 p.m., annual Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony, at Hawai'i State Veterans Cemetery, Kāne'ohe, with keynote speaker Gov. Linda Lingle.
• 12th annual Lantern Floating Hawai'i ceremony, at Magic Island. Lantern pickup and remembrance requests at 1 p.m.; ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.; lighting of the Torch of Harmony at 7 p.m.
A special Punchbowl shuttle bus will be available for the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. Free parking will be available at the Fasi Civic Center for motorists who wish to board the bus at the Alapa'i transit center from 7 to 8 a.m. Fares are $2.25 for adults, $1 for youths. Bus passes will be accepted.
Special traffic pattern
Because of the large number of people expected to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific this weekend, special one-way traffic control measures will be in place in the cemetery beginning Friday morning. Traffic will flow counter-clockwise and tour vehicles will be prohibited. Police will be stationed at these intersections to facilitate traffic: Tantalus and Puowaina drives, Puowaina and Ho'okui Street, and Ho'okui and Auwaiolimu Street. Left turns from Ho'okui to Auwaiolimu also will be prohibited from Friday through Monday.