December 5, 2016 | Event Schedule


Wheeler Field Remembrance Ceremony & Wreath Presentation
8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Wheeler Army Airfield

The U.S. Army will host a remembrance ceremony to honor the fallen and the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Wheeler Army Airfield. Wheeler was one of the first locations struck that fateful day. Enemy aircraft targeted the base at approximately 7:55 a.m. and left more than 30 dead and more than 50 wounded in their wake.

Department of Defense ID cardholders and their sponsored guests are welcome to attend.

Wheeler Army Airfield

Tour of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and crew will participate in events planned throughout the week as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. This opportunity allows fellow Department of Defense members, retired veterans and their families who are not familiar with a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the chance to tour the flight deck and learn about what Sailors do aboard ship.

The ship returned to its homeport of Bremerton, Washington, Aug. 14, following a regularly scheduled seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. During the deployment, John C. Stennis worked together with allied nations, participating in multinational exercises including Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea military, Malabar with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and RIMPAC, the world's largest international maritime exercise with 26 participating nations, 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

Guests must be independently mobile and able to walk, climb ladder wells and on gridded deck plates. Guests unable to meet this requirement will not be allowed to board the ship.

  • Guests must be 8 years old or older and able to walk and climb ladder wells under their own power. Strollers are not allowed.
  • Bags are not allowed. Small backpacks and purses are allowed but will be x-ray checked.
  • Ship souvenirs will be available for cash purchase only.
  • Dress comfortably and wear close-toe shoes; no heels or slippers. Sunscreen recommended.
  • Bring your own water bottles
  • Tours must be completed by 1500. Latecomers are not guaranteed a tour.

Tours are open to DoD ID Card holders and their guests.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Performance
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai

Enjoy a wonderful live military band performance at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai, playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies.

Under the operational control of the commander, United States Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band is dedicated to providing top quality musical support throughout a 100 million square mile area of responsibility for official functions, morale and retention programs, community outreach performances, and Navy recruiting initiatives.

Free, Open to the Public

1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, HI 96818

Fighting Two Wars: Japanese American Veterans Tribute
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center

This event will honor the World War II veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. Those units were made up primarily of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Hundreds of them were among the Americans who answered the call to arms on Oahu on December 7, 1941. Yet the Pearl Harbor attack triggered racial hysteria against Japanese Americans and the forcible evacuation and imprisonment of thousands. The AJA soldiers of the 100th, 442nd, MIS and 1399th answered with unsurpassed service and sacrifice. After the war, they helped change Hawaii and America.

Free and discounted tickets are available to Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, and their families. For information about obtaining these free or discounted tickets, please contact the 75th Commemoration toll-free (U.S. and Canada) at 1-877-589-8898, direct at 1-808-589-5592, or via e-mail at

To purchase a table or ticket for this event, please click here.

Italy, November 1943: Some Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii, members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, take a break near the Volturno River in Southern Italy. The original 100th consisted of pre-war draftees from Hawaii and earned the nickname "The Purple Heart Battalion" for its heavy combat losses. (U.S. Army Signal Corps photo)

Hawaii Convention Center 1801 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815

Public Tours of the USCGC Galveston Island
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Aloha Tower Pier 9

USCGC Galveston Island, a 110-foot patrol boat, will be moored at Aloha Tower Pier 9 and providing free public tours. Please come by and tour the cutter and visit with Coast Guardsmen about what it's like to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. Tours will be available on Monday, Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free, Open to the Public

Aloha Tower Pier 9
155 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813

The Swingin' Blue Stars Performance
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

It’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy time, so Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Come hear the great music of the 1940’s and 50’s— with harmonies reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters, the Chordettes and other big band singers. Don’t miss the singing and dancing of this trio, who are known for their entertaining USO-style revue.

Free, Open to the Public

1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818

Harbor Tour for Survivors and Veterans
3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Two boat tours of Pearl Harbor for Pearl Harbor Survivors, WWII vets, guests and family members, including a film prior to departure.

This tour is reservations only and now completely full. We apologize for any inconvenience.

1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818

Movie on Waikiki Beach - "From Here to Eternity" and Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band Concert
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waikiki Outdoor Theater

This 1953 drama, with eight Academy Awards deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra who were stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden and more. "From Here to Eternity" was selected in 2002 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Films were unrated prior to 1968 and may include suggestive and disturbing content and language. Parents are urged to determine whether this film is appropriate for preteens and children.

The Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band concert and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with food and beverage concessions and much more, with the movie beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Free, Open to the Public

Located at Queen's Surf Beach Waikiki Beach