HONOLULU — The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce dedicates the month of May to show the state’s appreciation for the military, to honor service members serving in the Pacific and to celebrate the military presence with a variety of events.
22 / Saturday
Welcome Home Heroes — This parade takes place 9 a.m., along Kalakaua Avenue with a celebration continuing at the Waikiki Shell, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The daylong celebration continues with food booths and musical entertainment at Kapiolani Park, 10 a.m.-5 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 a valid ID card for the crafts, games and exhibits. Buses depart from the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center parking lot, 7:30-7:45 a.m. Wristbands and meal tickets will be issued by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Buses 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 Rd., Honolulu. Tickets are $49 with valid military identification, and they can be purchased at www.halekoa.com, www.zinfandel.org or call 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. Now is the opportunity to visit the shows and events that you’ve been missing. Mention promotion code FNA APPRECATION 10.