Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu Memorial Day Events – Very Limited in 2021

Punchbowl on Memorial Day with grave sites decorated with Hawaiian lei and American flags. Photo by D. Zuls.

2021 Update: Events for this year are very limited due to COVID-19.

With Oahu’s rich military history, the island makes a perfect place to honor Memorial Day. Here’s what’s happening this Memorial Day Weekend around Oahu.

Oahu Events on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021

Annual Honolulu City Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony

The public ceremony in Punchbowl is canceled for 2021. The Star Advertiser indicates that there may be a small, private ceremony, but not open to the public.

Boy scouts will be decorating he grave sites with small American flags. The public is allowed to visit Punchbowl in 2021.

Lantern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park CANCELLED

Memorial Day Lantern Floating Festival at Ala Moana Park, Honolulu

The annual Shinnyo lantern floating event will not be held in person for Memorial Day 2021. Instead, they are offering a virtual event running from May 21 through June 5, 2021. See this link for more information.

We wish you a very safe and meaningful Memorial Day!