HONOLULU — For 25 years, the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has dedicated the month of May to show the state’s appreciation for the military, honor service members serving in the Pacific and celebrate the military presence with a variety of events hosted by local sponsors for service members, spouses and families.
15 / Saturday
Enchanted Breakfast — Information, Tickets and Registration is putting on an Enchanted Character Breakfast, May 15, at 8 a.m. Tickets are available at ITR, and cost $10 for adults, $8 for children. Call 655-9971.
Family Fun Festival — Come to Sills Field on Schofield Barracks, May 15, from 9–2 p.m., for a variety of games, inflatable rides, food booths and entertainment. Call 655-0113.
Spouse Appreciation Day — Military spouses will receive a goody bag and a raffle ticket for spa giveaway packages and other great prizes, May 15, 9 a.m.– 2 p.m., at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks. Call 655-0112.
Combined Military Band Concert — Come to the combined services concert, May 15, at the Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu, 7-8:30 p.m. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
18 / Tuesday
Military Recognition Luncheon — Celebrate the return of our warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, May 18, 12-1:30 p.m. Reservations are required by May 7 for this event. Admission prices range, based on individual reservations or table bookings (group of eight). Call 545-4300, ext. 317, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 / Saturday
Welcome Home Heroes — This parade takes place along Kalakaua Avenue with a celebration at the Waikiki Shell, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Family Day at the Zoo — Join the USO for Military Appreciation Day, May 22, at the Honolulu Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free for all military personnel with valid ID. Buses will depart from the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center parking lot at 7:30-7:45 a.m. Wristbands and meal tickets will be issued by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation as everyone loads onto the bus. Buses will depart from the Honolulu Zoo at 2 p.m.
23 / Sunday
A Toast to Our Troops – The Zinfandel Grand Tasting “An evening of fine wine and food,” is May 23, 4–7 p.m., at the Luau Gardens at the Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kaila Road, Honolulu. The event features small bites prepared by local chefs. Tickets are $49 with valid military ID, and can be purchased at www.halekoa.com, www.zinfandel.org or 955-0555.
29 / Saturday
Hawaii Military Bands Mele — Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a night of music under the stars with live top 40, country, classic rock, Motown and island-style music from U.S. military bands, May 29, at Fort DeRussy’s Kuroda Field, 7-10 p.m. Bands include the Army’s Show of Force, the Navy’s High Tide, the Marine’s Showband and the Air Force’s Hana Hou. Call 448-0281.
Monthlong Promotions — The Hale Koa is offering 20 percent off all shows, champagne brunches and buffets for active duty military and families with valid IDs through May 31. Mention promotion code FNA APPRECIATION 10.