75th anniversary Pearl Harbor commemorations in December
Final preparations are on the way for the 75th anniversary commemoration for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place on December 7, 1941 and precipitated America's entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor is Hawai’i’s number one visitor attraction, and a week-long program of events is planned. It all kicks off on December 1, with a free performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Jazz Combo at Pearl Harbor Visitor Centre in the morning. The next day there will be a USS Arizona memorial wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
The documentary film Remember Pearl Harbor will premiere at the Pacific Aviation Museum on December 4. Narrated by Tom Selleck, the one-hour documentary features interviews with 36 WWII veterans, with a focus on Pearl Harbor survivors and eye-witnesses, including Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who led the attack. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet USS Arizona survivors and Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, who are expected to attend.
On the eve of the anniversary, there will be a USS Utah sunset memorial service to honour the 58 sailors who lost their lives when the vessel was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes, followed by a gala tribute event in the ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
A full day of events is planned for the day of the anniversary, including a mass band performance at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a private interment ceremony and a memorial parade and public ceremony in Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki.
Military-themed movies will also screen on Waikiki Beach throughout the week.
Princely revamp for Waikiki hotel
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club on Oahu is undergoing a $55 million revamp and will be renamed Prince Waikiki when it is complete in spring 2017. The eight-month refurbishment is the hotel’s first major remodel since it opened in 1990. Overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, the new-look hotel will have 563 oceanfront guest rooms and suites, a new infinity pool, and an upgraded meeting space.
The lead architect on the project is Hawai‘i-based G70 (formerly Group 70 International), while Los Angeles-based Creative Resource Associates (CRA) Design has been recruited for interior design. A highlight will be an art sculpture designed by acclaimed local artist Kaili Chun, whose works are inspired by the state’s history and culture, especially for the hotel.
There will also be several new restaurants, including the first overseas outlet of Japanese restaurant KatsuMidori Sushi to open in the lobby level in December, and Honolulu Coffee, which will will open in the new lobby and provide Kona coffee.
With its first restaurant opening in Meguro, Japan, in April 2002, Tokyo is famous for offering fresh, high-quality sushi at affordable prices, and regularly attracting a queue of hungry patrons outside its Tokyo locations. The restaurant will open its first overseas location on the hotel’s lobby level in December.
Watabe Wedding Corporation has also entered into an agreement to develop its first high-rise wedding chapel on the 33rd floor of the hotel to make the most of the views over the harbour, the Pacific Ocean and O‘ahu’s south shore. It expects to host its first wedding parties in spring 2017.
For more information see www.hawaiiprincehotel.com/evolution
Pacific Beach Hotel
Situated steps away from legendary Waikiki Beach with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and iconic Diamond Head, Pacific Beach Hotel is known as one of Oahu's top choices. The modern high-rise features 839 airy rooms and suites all with private balconies, mini-bar refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a casual café and a restaurant with a nightly buffet. Also included are WiFi, the 24-hour gym, tennis courts, and golf cages and putting green. Laundry services and parking are also available.
For more information or reservations visit pacificbeachhotel.com or call 808-922-1233.