Schedule is subject to change. 

The entire day will be full of free to the public activities ranging from live bagpipers joining a  nationwide mass rendition of the retreat march, a WWI Film Festival, static historic displays and free concerts by the Marine Forces Pacific Band, Royal Hawaiian Band, Raiatea Helm and the Harry James Orchestra.



Triangle Park: Diamond Head Road/Makai side
Hawaii National Guard Entrance: Diamond Head Road
KCC: Bus Stop on Diamond Head Road (just before Makapuu)
Monsarrat/Campbell: Bus Stop fronting Diamond Head Grill
Monsarrat/Paki:  pickup/drop-off inside the lot on the corner
Zoo: Kalakaua (makai side, just past Kapahulu groin)
Natatorium: Kalakaua reserved loading zone fronting event

6:00 am – Battle’s O’er Worldwide Bagpipe Tribute – Celtic Kula Pipe Band (shown here)

A nationwide, mass playing of the retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er, outside cathedrals and other locations.

9:00 am – WWI History Museum and Film Festival Opens

Open to public with exhibits and costumed re-enactors from the Hawaii Historic Arms Association, Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame, Hawaii State Library, Red Cross of Hawaii, Friends of the Natatorium and others.  Historians will be on hand for talk story and Q&A.

9:00 am – Talk Story:  Anita Manning, WWI Centennial Historian

9:30 am – FILM:  Lafayette Escadrille Preview (10 mins.)

Short preview of the first comprehensive documentary about the Lafayette Escadrille, the all-true story of the American pilots who volunteered to fly for France in World War I.

9:30 am – Talk Story:  Sonny Tanabe, US Olympic Swimmer & Historian

9:45 am – FILM:  A Soldier’s Journey Short Film Premier (10 mins.)

A Premier of the US World War I Commission sponsored short film, telling the story of World War I through sculpture being created by Sabin Howard for the National World War I Memorial.

10:00 am – FILM:  The Tank (46 mins.) + Saving the War Memorial Natatorium (4 mins.)

The Tank is a 2016 documentary film about Hawaii’s WWI Memorial, the Natatorium, gives the history of the memorial and a peek inside the gates locked since 1979.

Following, is a short film created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to urge citizen action as the City of Honolulu prepares to release an Environmental Impact Statement that will determine the fate of the War Memorial Natatorium.

10:00 am – Talk Story:  Keith Arakaki, Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee

10:00 am – Vintage Aviation Airshow and Flyover

Stunning display of vintage aircraft passing over and around the site of the commemoration the Waikiki NatatoriumWar Memorial.

10:15 am – Rolling Thunder Motorcycles to Arrive with Bagpipe Salute

10:30 am – Musical Prelude by 111th Army Band

11:00 am – Bells of Peace Statewide Commemoration of Armistice 100th

Honoring the moment when the Armistice went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Churches and temples are asked to sound their bells 21 times in 5 second intervals. More information here.

11:02 am – Hawaii State Armistice 100th / Veteran’s Day Service

Welcome Remarks – Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian, National Parks Service

Joint Service Color Guard & National Anthem, Hawaii Ponoi

Invocation – LTC Mueller

Centennial Historical Significance – 100 years ago the fighting of WWI ceased

2 Minutes of Silence at 11:11am

Poem, On Flanders Field – First Lady, Dawn Ige

Parade of Flags

Hula Halau Olana

Remarks – State Adjutant General, Major General Arthur J. Logan

Speaker – Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Speaker – Governor David Ige

Wreath Presentation by US Indo-Pacific Command and each branch of the military

12:20 pm – F-22 Flyover Concludes the Ceremony

The ceremony will draw to a close with the playing of the bagpipes by Celtic Kula Pipe Band and a flyover of  F-22 Fighter Planes.

12:30 pm – Musical Postlude by 111th Army Band

12:30 pm – FILM:  Pershing’s Path to Glory (40 mins.)

A new documentary film that traces the story of Blackjack Pershing, the General who led American forces in World War I.

1:00 pm – Talk Story:  Sonny Tanabe, US Olympic Swimmer & Historian

1:30 pm – FILM:  Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (1 hr. 24 mins.)

Animated film tells the true story about a dog and his Doughboy in World War I. An ideal draw to bring entire families and their kids into the commemoration of the Armistice.

1:30 pm – Talk Story:  Keith Arakaki, Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee

1:45 pm – Lion Dance by Yeung Dak

2:00 pm – Marine Forces Pacific Band Concert

2:00 pm – Talk Story:  Anita Manning, WWI Centennial Historian

2:00 pm – Royal Hawaiian Band Concert at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand

The beloved band will play a program of patriotic music to celebrate the WWI Centennial.

3:00 pm – FILM:  Hello Girls (55 mins.)

A new documentary of the inspiring story about the first women to serve in the US Army and their 60-year struggle to get their veteran’s benefits and their 100-year struggle for deserved recognition.

 3:15 pm – Emmalani Serenaders – Singing WWI Era Songs

4:00 pm – Raiatea Helm Concert on the Centennial Main Stage

Program of old-Hawaii classics and compositions by WWI veteran, beloved composer, R.A. Anderson.

5:00 pm – FILM:  The Millionaires Unit (2 hrs.)

Award-winning documentary about a privileged group of students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into WWI. They became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, first to fly for the United States in the war.

6:45 pm – Harry James Orchestra Concert and Dance on the Centennial Main Stage (shown here)

WWI-era tunes followed by their trademark sound, WWII-era and big band jazz. A large dance floor is available for those who want to get into the swing.

8:45 pm – Fireworks Display Over theWar Memorial Natatorium

Stunning off-site fireworks will bloom to mark the end of the Armistice Commemoration