PEARL HARBOR HONOR FLIGHT ENTERTAINED AT HALE KOA
About 1700 we headed out to Waikiki for a luau at the Armed Forces Recreation Center, the Hale Koa Hotel. While we waited in the garden atrium, we were entertained by a joint Navy Pacific Fleet and Sea Cadet band performance. As we quieted down for the music to begin, we recognized some of the musicians. We had met them earlier in the week at the Submarine Chow Hall during breakfast – members and directors of the Sea Cadet Band of the West.
There were a total of twelve Pearl Harbor Survivors in the audience this evening. The bands closed with a medley of Armed Forces Anthems. When the anthem of their service branch was played, each of the Survivors rose to their feet, some struggling out of their wheelchairs, some helped by family and others popping up on their own adrenalin. The Survivors saluted to the music these young men and women played, and touched their lives forever. They will Always Remember Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor Honor Flight Members Attend Luau
As the sun began to set, we followed a winding walkway into tropical gardens. Now it was time for an ancient Hawaiian tradition. Greeted with a lei, our Survivors were taken back to an old Hawaiian setting of thatched hale (houses) that protect guests from the misty rain, but keep the outdoor ambience. We had an opportunity to meet some young Marines and military families, sign autographs, and enjoy the beauty of the gardens. Then it was time for the Imu (Hawaiian underground oven) ceremony followed by a bountiful feast of native delicacies. The luau show took our guests on a musical journey through the islands of the South Pacific, including the graceful hula and a live fire dance! What a spectacular evening.