The Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, community members and businesses in Hawaii celebrate the military's presence in the Hawaiian Islands throughout May.

All service members and their families are invited to take part in the activities offered during the 24th Annual Hawaii Military Appreciation Month (HMAM).

Today, May 15
Waimea Valley Offer - The Waimea Valley salutes military personnel and their families by offering free child (12 years old and younger) admission with the purchase of an adult military admission ($6), May 15-17. Offer valid only with coupon in today's newspaper. Come experience Hawaiian culture in a living puuhonua (a place of peace and safety). Visit www.waimeavalley.net or call 808-638-7766.

Saturday, May 16
Living History Day - The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will host a Living History Day to commemorate Armed Forces Day, May 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on the lawn area of the museum at Fort DeRussy. The event includes static exhibits of modern military Soldiers and equipment, military memorabilia, restored military vehicles, re-enactors in period uniforms, and hands-on displays of nongovernment military artifacts. Call 808-438-2825.

Military Band Concert - The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents the 24th Annual Combined Military Band Concert, May 16, 7 p.m., at Hawaii Theatre. Top musicians from all branches of the military join forces for this concert featuring Broadway musicals, marches, classics and pops. Tickets are free and available by calling the Hawaii Theatre Box Office, 808-528-0506.

Thursday, May 21
Military Recognition Luncheon - The Annual Military Recognition Luncheon is scheduled, May 21, noon-1:30 p.m., at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Keith Stalder, commanding general, Marine Forces Pacific. This event is the public's opportunity to welcome home returning heroes and recognize military community service awardees. To purchase tickets, e-mail Kyle Okamura at kokamura@cochawaii.org or call 808-545-4300, ext. 317.

Saturday, May 23
HMAM Street Festival - The members of the Honolulu Arts District Merchant's Association and the Honolulu Culture and Arts District invite service members, retirees, reservists and their families to a special street festival, May 23, 5-10 p.m., at Nuuanu and Hotel streets. Enjoy entertainment, food, movies and games for all ages. The event is open to the public.

Pacific Fleet Band Performances - The Pearlridge Shopping Mall honors the military this month with several free performances of the Pacific Fleet bands at the Pearlridge Mall Uptown Center.
Aca,!AcDixie Express performs May 23, 1-2 p.m.
Aca,!AcThe Pacific Fleet rock band "Hang Ten" will perform, May 30, 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, June 6
Honolulu Zoo HMAM Day - Military families (retired, active duty and reserve military members and their families with ID) will be treated to free admission, lunch and entertainment at the Honolulu Zoo, June 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free bus service is being provided from Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Pearl Harbor, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This event is sponsored by the USO and the City and County of Honolulu.

Discounts at Local Theatres
Manoa Valley Theatre - Military members receive $5 off a regular ticket price to see "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," now through May 31, at the Moana Valley Theatre. Tickets are available online at www.manoavalleytheatre.com. Call 808-988-6131.

Diamond Head Theatre - Active duty military will receive $5 off tickets in sections A and B for performances of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," today- May 31, at Diamond Head Theatre. For tickets, call 808-733-0274. Visit www.diamondheadtheatre.com.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth - The Honolulu Theatre for Youth presents the musical "Goodnight Moon" through May 23. Military members can buy one adult ticket at $16 and receive a child admission free (an $8 value). Tickets are available online at