HAPPENING NOW: LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY CLOSURES
On this Memorial Day, a crowd of 40-thousand is expected at Magic Island to be part of the Lantern Floating Ceremony. Steve will have live reports with everything you need to know all morning long on Sunrise. If you're headed out to stake out your spot on the beach, there are some traffic restrictions already in place. Here's a look at the changes:
· The parking lot at Magic Island will be closed to the public from 4 this morning until 10 pm.
· Ala Moana Boulevard (Waikiki bound), from Pi'ikoi Street to Atkinson Drive, will be designated a "no parking, tow away" zone from 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
· If there's gridlock within Ala Moana Beach Park and we have every reason to expect there will be, the Atkinson Drive and Kamake'e Street entrances will have limited access into the park.
LANTERN FLOATING TONIGHT
It's all leading up to the Lantern Floating at 6 tonight. You can tune into KGMB for complete live coverage. Read all the details here. I will co-host the ceremony along with Dan Cooke. Dan will let us know if the winds will kick up on Sunrise.
MAYOR'S MEMORIAL DAY AT PUNCHBOWL
It's a day of remembrances. This morning at 8:30, the Mayor's Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The public is invited but parking is limited. Drivers can take park at the Fasi Civic Center garage then board free buses at the Alapai transit center. Pick up starts at 7. Look up to see a low altitude fly over at 9:15. That will be followed by a five minute rifle volley.
GOVERNOR'S MEMORIAL DAY
The Governor will also pay his respects at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery this afternoon. The ceremony starts at 1 pm.
MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURES
City, State and Federal offices will be closed today. So will post offices, state libraries and satellite city halls. There will be regular trash pick up. The city bus will be operating on a Sunday schedule. Most on-street parking will be free. Check parking signs to be sure.
PRESIDENT LAYS WREATH AT ARLINGTON
On the other side of the country, President Obama will lay a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns. The President will then make remarks in the amphitheater and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of that war.
We hope you enjoy a fun, safe day off with your family and join our Sunrise ohana to start off your holiday.