December 7, 2017 will mark 76 years since Pearl Harbor was attacked, launching America into World War II. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has announced the following events to commemorate this year’s 76th anniversary. The Museum is located on historic Ford Island where bombs were dropped on December 7, 1941 and bullet holes still remain in the Museum’s hangar windows and on the runway.
December 2 – For Love of Country—Building Our Future, 5:30 – 10 pm. The Museum’s 11th anniversary and fundraising event to support the Museum’s Restoration and Education programs includes a veteran tribute, celebrity guests, entertainment, live and silent auctions. An elegant dinner prepared by the chefs of the Sheraton and Royal Hawaiian hotels includes selected Mondavi estate wine pairings. Bid on luxurious trips to exotic places, fine art, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind adventures. Meet WWII triple ace pilot Col. Bud Anderson and other WWII veterans, and get a first look at newly restored aircraft fresh out of Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop. Information, sponsorship, tables and tickets, contact 808-892-3345 or JoBeth.Marihugh@PacificAviationMuseum.org, or online at PacificAviationMuseum.org.
December 3 – Preview Screening of “Journey Home to the USS Arizona” film, 2 pm. Presented by World War II Foundation, this Tim Gray documentary tells the story of USS Arizona survivor Raymond Haerry Sr., and his family’s mission to honor his final wish – to have his ashes returned to the sunken battleship at Pearl Harbor. The film is narrated by actor Matthew Broderick, and follows his family on an incredible and emotional 5,200-mile journey to Pearl Harbor to place their father’s urn aboard the USS Arizona. Haerry passed away on September 27, 2016 at the age of 94. The film will be screened at the Museum’s theater. Free with Museum Membership or Museum admission.
December 6 – Blackened Canteen Ceremony hosted by
National Park Service, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, and Dr. Hiroya Sugano aboard the USS Arizona, 7:00 am. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, comes from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony with a silent prayer and pouring of bourbon whisky from a WWII-blackened canteen into the water from the USS Arizona Memorial as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. The public and press are invited on a first come, first served basis by calling Museum Event Coordinator Gary Meyers at 808-282-6570, for reservations.
Blackened Canteen Youth Symposium: Following the ceremony, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor hosts the Blackened Canteen Youth Symposium to commemorate this story of forgiveness, reconciliation, and friendship borne out of the horror of World War II. The Symposium will be held at the Museum’s theater from 10-11 am. It will feature Dr. Hiroya Sugano, the caretaker for the Blackened Canteen, and several WWII veterans. These speakers will address themes reflected in the legacy of the Blackened Canteen. Admission to the symposium only is free, but advance registration is requested. School groups are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited. For more information, call 808-445-9137.
December 7 – Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, 6 pm. Our gaily lit and decorated Cobra helicopter joins the other floats and bands, to parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. The Museum will be giving out free “Traveling P-40” magnets to spectators. The parade takes place on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Parade starts at 6:00 pm at Ft.DeRussy in Waikiki and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue, to Kapiolani Park.
December 9 – Pearl Harbor Youth Day, 10 am – 2 pm. Families and visitors of all ages can explore the lessons and legacy of WWII and the history of Pearl Harbor through special presentations, exhibits, and hands-on activities. This year’s theme, “Remembering the Pearl Harbor Child” will focus on those who witnessed the attack as children and lived through the war years in Hawaii. Visitors will hear first hand accounts during a panel discussion and interactive activities will provide insight into the lives of youth and families in Hawaii during the 1940s. The American Doll Company will host learning activities and giveaways related to “Nanea,” the Pearl Harbor child doll that was recently released and is based in part on former Hawaii resident and author Dorinda Nicholson. Nicholson wrote several books based on her experiences as a child living in Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Historic Ford Island, where bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Visitors to the Museum can see remnants from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall, red and white iconic Ford Island Control Tower, Hangars 37 and 79, and bullet holes in Hangar 79. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the story of the vital role aviation played in the winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.
For more information visit www.pacificaviationmuseum.org