By Charles Ota, Vice President for Military Affairs, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Hawaii Military Appreciation MonthMay 1, 2012
Hawaii Military Appreciation Month
HONOLULU -- The state of Hawaii has declared the month of May as Hawaii Military Appreciation Month. This is a time for everyone to give thanks to the troops and their families for their untold and unselfish sacrifices.
This year's program began with Hawaii's government and business leaders, led by Bank of Hawaii, BAE Systems, Hunt Properties Inc., Hawaii Pacific University, and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, hosting military leaders with a dinner reception at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the very place that was used by the military as a rest and recuperation center during World War II.
The Honolulu Council of the Navy League will host the Combined Military Band Concert, 6-8:30 p.m., May 2, Hale Koa Hotel's Luau Gardens. This special presentation will feature top military band members from the 25th Infantry Division's Tropic Lightning Band, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, Marine Forces Pacific Band, Pacific Air Forces Band, and the Hawaii Army National Guard's 111th Army Band. The concert is free and open to the public.
Local business leaders will host the Military Recognition Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., May 10, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel's Coral Ballroom. The luncheon will feature the recognition of seven military leaders from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Hawaii National Guard, and the U.S. Pacific Command for their outstanding contributions in local community service. Some of Hawaii's high school seniors who were selected to attend the service academies will also be recognized.
This year's grand finale will be a Military Appreciation Day, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., May 19, at the Honolulu Zoo. The City and County of Honolulu will offer military families free admission to the Honolulu Zoo where corporate sponsors will provide free food, beverages and entertainment.
Hawaii's visitor attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, retailers, auto dealers, and other businesses will be treating the military to a variety of specials throughout the month.
The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will be posting discounts and specials for service members and their families offered by local businesses on their website. Visit and search under the "Military Affairs" section at www.cochawaii.org.
Hawaii Military Appreciation Month Events
Paws for Patriots -- The Hawaiian Humane Society and Hawaii Military Pets are working together to educate patriots on issues such as homeless animals, the importance of adoption, spay/neuter, pet ID, and more, 3 p.m., April 28, at the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu. The event is free. Visit www.hawaiianhumane.org/Paws_Patriots.
Combined Forces Military Band Concert -- An evening of music under the stars is being hosted by the Navy League of Honolulu, 6 p.m., Hale Koa Luau Garden. This is event is free. Visit www.honolulunavyleague.org.
Chamber's 27th Annual Hawaii Military Recognition Luncheon -- The luncheon will honor Hawaii's military and recognize service members from each branch with Outstanding Community Service awards, given for outstanding support of community projects and programs, noon--1:30 p.m., May 10, Hilton Hawaiian Village. Keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, will speak about Hawaii's 25th Infantry Division. Visit www.cochawaii.org.
Armed Forces Day at the Honolulu Zoo -- The Honolulu Zoo will host a free day at the zoo for all military ID cardholders, including retirees and National Guardsmen and their spouses, 9:30 a.m.--2 p.m., May 19. One ID cardholder can bring the whole family. Entrance located at the Monsarrat Gate. Special activities and free shuttle service available from each base. Visit www.honoluluzoo.org.
Living History Day -- Commemorating Armed Forces Day, this free event includes military memorabilia, war period re-enactors and hands-on artifact displays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 19, U.S. Army Museum, Fort DeRussy, Waikiki.
Polo -- The Army will play the Navy, noon, May 27, Mokuleia Polo Field.