Memorial Day events to begin on Sunday
Memorial Day services on Oahu will begin Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and wrap up Monday at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.
There will be a Roll Call of Honor in the Remembrance Ceremony at Punchbowl at 10 a.m. Sunday, six hours after the start of a similar ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka will be the keynote speaker of the event sponsored by the Pacific American Foundation.
At 1 p.m. about 2,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will have their annual Good Turn Day Ceremony. Following the ceremony, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will decorate each grave site with a small American flag and lei while the Girl Scouts will decorate the memorial's chapel.
Members of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and other motorcycle chapters in Hawaii will gather at Kakaako Park and travel to Punchbowl at 5:30 p.m. to place two 25-foot-long leis on the walls of the Court of the Missing.
A Memorial Day Eve candlelight ceremony starts at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Post 10583 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American-Vietnamese Coalition of Hawaii.
Rear Adm. Van Alford Jr., Pacific Command chief of staff, will be the keynote speaker.
The ceremony will end with the lighting of 1,000 candles in remembrance of servicemen from all countries who are still listed as missing in action.
On Monday, Mayor Mufi Hannemann will host the annual Mayor's Memorial Day Services at Punchbowl, which starts at 8:30 a.m.
In the afternoon, Gov. Linda Lingle will host the annual Governor's Memorial Day Service in Kaneohe.
Airports open more parking for Memorial Day travelers
Additional parking will be offered at all state airports for the busy Memorial Day weekend, but state officials urge travelers to get dropped off or use other means of transportation. Also, travelers should arrive at the airport two hours and 45 minutes prior to their flight.
Follow the signs for each airport when the regular parking lots are filled. Here is the overflow parking for each airport:
» Interisland Terminal on the second-level center median: Valet rates are $15 a day; self-parking rates are $10 a day. When all parking structures are filled, motorists will be directed to valet parking.
» Top floor of the interisland parking garage: Approximately 300 stalls were reopened earlier this month.
» United Cargo Lot on Aolele Street. Only after all other regular parking are filled, airport security will direct motorists here.
» Aalele Street overflow lot.
» Lot S will be open for emergency parking.
» Paoo Street overflow lot, located next to the employee parking lot.
» Uu Street remote parking lot.
» Overflow grass lots located on both ends of the airport terminal parking lot.
» Overflow lots at both ends of the airport terminal.