Before Thursday's Fourth-of-July evening fireworks get under way, there will be holiday concerts and musical get-togethers in the 50th state. Among them: Salute to Valor music festival and a concert in support of the Honolulu Zoo Society.
• A Salute to Valor music festival — Battleship Missouri Memorial, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 2 p.m. Thursday (July 4). The fest’s admission ($7) includes a concert and a tour of the “Mighty Mo.”
Performers from ensembles representing at least a half-dozen states on the U.S. Mainland will join together to form the event’s “Festival Chorus” and honor Independence Day with favorite patriotic music. After the performance on the deck of the USS Missouri in Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, concertgoers may tour the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Shuttle service to the Battleship Missouri Memorial from the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument will be available for those without base access to Ford Island.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial, located a ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” that saw the sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and ends with Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.
After a career spanning five decades, USS Missouri was decommissioned and donated to the nonprofit USS Missouri Memorial Association, which operates the battleship as a historic attraction and memorial. For more information about Salute to Valor, click here.
• A benefit concert for the Honolulu Zoo Society — Hilton Hawaiian Village (Great Lawn) in Waikiki, 5: 30 p.m. For information about tickets, which start at $20, click here.
The concert will feature popular Hawaii musicians including: Kalapana (award-winning pop/soft rock band founded in 1975), Lehua Kalima (pictured, above/center) of Na Leo Pilimehana (award-wining female trio/Hawaiian music), and Shawn Pimental. Presented by Malibu Island Spiced, the concert will benefit the Honolulu Zoo Society.
The Honolulu Zoo Society’s mission is to support and advocate for environmental education, recreation, biological study and conservation activities at the Honolulu Zoo. Funds raised will support educational activities and revise animal exhibits. For more information about the benefit concert, click here.
Photos: (top) Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial/National Park Service, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; (bottom) Na Leo Pilimehana.