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Photos from the Natatorium's Memorial Day Service

Mahalo to everyone who joined us at the Natatorium on Sunday for our 22nd annual Memorial Day observance! It was a beautiful day and a memorable morning: thought-provoking addresses by our speakers, Lieutenant General Benjamin Mixon and Kim Napier; beautiful, meaningful vocal and hula performances; the inspirational participation of our military men and women and the King’s Guard; the presence of so many veterans. Here are just a few photographs from the ceremony. To see more on Flickr, click here. For a slideshow, click here. Another set of photos is available on Picasa here. A Picasa slideshow here. Thanks again!
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Categories: Events, Hula, Images, Memorial Day, Uncategorized, and Veterans.

Join us: Memorial observance at the Natatorium on Sunday

Please join us this Sunday morning, May 30, for the 22nd annual Memorial Service at the Waikiki Natatorium. We remember Hawai’i’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines with music, hula and oratory. And we do so at the place dedicated to their memory by the people of our state. A music and hula prelude starts at 9:30 a.m. and our moving formal ceremony begins at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Ku pa’a i ka ho’ihi, ka ho’omana’o, me ka ho’ala,” or “Committed to Respect, Remembrance and Renewal.” Our keynote speaker, representing veterans and active duty military personnel, will be Lieutenant
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Categories: Events, Hula, Memorial Day, Uncategorized, and Veterans.

Save the Date! Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 30th

You are invited to the 22nd annual Memorial Day Service at one of Hawai’i’s most important monuments to America’s military heroes: The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Mark your calendar: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 30 (the day before Memorial Day), in Kapiolani Park right outside the Natatorium’s gate. We gather there every year to commemorate Hawaii’s honored war dead in speech, ceremony, song and dance. We gather there because the Natatorium stands as a symbol of the freedom and of the American way of life preserved for us by the men and women who have fought in all our nation’s wars.
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Categories: Events, Memorial Day, and Uncategorized.

Upcoming Natatorium Presentations

On Monday, March 15, we will be at the State Capitol participating in Heritage Day from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Come down and check us out! On Wednesday, March 17, we will be addressing the Waikiki Rotary at their noon meeting. It’s never too early to mark your calendar for our annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 30, at 10 a.m. Stay tuned for other opportunities to learn more about the Natatorium.
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Categories: Events, Memorial Day, and Uncategorized.

John Henry Felix's Memorial Day Service Address, May 24, 2009

“82 years ago, Duke Kahanamoku, the Olympic Legend and Hawaii’s original Ambassador of Aloha, inaugurated the Natatorium.  What a glorious day that was. If he could be with us today, he would be appalled and deeply saddened by what he would see.  He would be outraged that our elected officials were considering demolition, because he had a deep aloha for what this Memorial stood for — reverence, honor and respect for those who defended us.” — John Henry Felix from his remarks on May 24, 2009 at the 21st Annual Memorial Day Service at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Watch
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Categories: Events, Memorial Day, and Uncategorized.

Waikiki Natatorium Memorial Day Service Honors Solemn Commitment to Remember Those Who Sacrificed

Advertiser Reporter Mary Vorsino in a May 17th article and Columnist David Shapiro on May 20th claimed that the Friends of the Natatorium intend to use the 21st Annual Memorial Day Service on May 24, 2009 to “launch a last-ditch fundraising drive.”   For two decades, the Napoleon/Weight Ohana and Friends of the Natatorium have faithfully organized this annual observance and invited the public to honor our collective commitment to remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. We have and would never profane such a solemn and important occasion with fundraising. On May 27, 2009, the Advertiser issued
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Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 24th, 10am

  21ST ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE AT THE WAIKIKI WAR MEMORIAL NATATORIUM Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m. “Kupa’a i ke kuleana, Ka ‘ihi, Ka mahalo, a me ke kupili” Committed to Responsibility, Respect, Reverence and Reason   Since 1989, the Friends of the Natatorium have sponsored this annual Memorial Day Weekend ceremony in memory of Hawaii’s beloved lost from all American wars and in honor of the state’s military veterans. This highly visual ceremony at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium annually attracts hundreds to the state’s official memorial to the 101 from Hawaii who died in World War I. The
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Categories: Events, Memorial Day, and Uncategorized.