On Saturday, March 24, Oahu’s events begin at 7:30am with a lei draping of the Prince Kuhio Statue off Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. At 9:30am, the Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade will begin its route along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Afterwards, the Prince Kuhio Festival Hoolaulea & Hoikeike roll out at the park’s bandstand with Native Hawaiian arts, crafts, and displays.
Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) Band Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade
You can also take part in the milestone with the Prince Kuhio Festival–Waikiki By Moonlight at the Waikiki Hula Mound fronting Kuhio Beach from 7:30-8:30 pm on March 31. Each of these events offers both kama`aina (local residents) and visitors a great opportunity to experience part of the history of Hawaii’s royal monarchy.
Commemorating Easter Sunday is similar in Hawaii as to other places–if you think that a sunrise service in an extinct volcano and barbecues on the beach are the norm. Yet, paradise also plays a more typical role with traditional services, egg hunts, brunches, and bunny photo ops.
Easter Sunrise Service
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Especially for visitors, a sunrise service on Oahu may be one of those once-in-a-lifetime events. To prepare for the early morning outing, grab a cup (or prepare a Thermos!) of Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee.
Since 1901, residents and visitors have congregated on the sacred grounds of The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to catch the first rays of sunlight emerging in the distance.
Punchbowl is an especially poignant site for a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service since it is the final resting place for American Armed Forces members who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some five million people visit the cemetery annually to pay their respects and soak in the inspiring view from the crater’s rim. As it has been for decades, music will be courtesy of the Royal Hawaiian Band that was founded by King Kamehameha III in 1836.
Located at 2177 Puowaina Drive, the cemetery opens its gates at 4:30am, with the Easter Sunrise Service scheduled to begin at 6:15 am.
Easter "Champagne" Brunch Cruise
Naturally, you’ll find Easter brunch and buffets at hotels and restaurants across the island. For a dining experience that’s more of an adventure, Star of Honolulu engages keiki (children) and adults with its Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise that departs Aloha Tower Marketplace (Pier 8) at noon. Buffet aside, the ocean voyage includes an Easter egg hunt with prize giveaways for youngsters, Hawaiian cultural activities, coastal views, and the bonus of possible whale sightings.