Waikiki Aquarium, USO host military ohana day

| June 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

USO Hawaii
News Release




HONOLULU — Active duty and retired military members and their families are invited to the free Military Appreciation Day, or Family Fun Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 25, at the Waikiki Aquarium, courtesy of USO Hawaii and Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium.

USO Hawaii is hosting the event for all military and family members, as a gesture of thanks and appreciation for all past and present sacrifices and service of U.S. armed forces personnel.

Guests can enjoy free admission to the aquarium, and free hot dogs, snacks and drinks.

Live entertainment is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and will include the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Air Force Small Kine Ensemble and the Navy Pacific Fleet Band. Comedian Frank De Lima will be onstage at 11 a.m.

Trained docents and volunteers will be available for tours and information, 9 a.m-2 p.m.

USO Hawaii will distribute free Disney toys and DVDs, and will raffle off gift packages, courtesy of Kilauea Military Camp, a joint services recreation center located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island.

Food vendors and community booths will be set up on the aquarium grounds.  

The Honolulu Festival Foundation will showcase Japanese culture with traditional children’s games. Also, keiki can get their photos taken wearing a Japanese yukata, or a casual, summer kimono.

The Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest aquarium in the U.S. More than 2,500 organisms are featured, such as reef sharks, fish, sea jellies, living coral and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. 

Free shuttle available

Service members and their families can take advantage of the following amenities during Family Fun Day:

  • The free shuttle from Fort Shafter is full.
  • Starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. a free shuttle service will run from the Pearl Harbor NEX.
  • Starting at 10 a.m., a free shuttle service will run from the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center. For updated information on the Schofield Barracks’ shuttle, email elsmith@uso.org or call 422-1213.
  • Starting at 10 a.m., a free shuttle service will run the Main Exchange at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
  • Free parking is available for individuals at Kapiolani Community College, with a shuttle service to and from the aquarium. Limited metered parking is available along Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu.
  • While reservations aren’t needed for the free event, guests will need to show their military ID.
  • Call USO Hawaii at 422-1213 or email elsmith@uso.org.


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