The U.S. Navy in Hawaii will join the cities of Honolulu and Nagaoka, Japan, in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific.
The celebration takes place Aug. 15 on Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and culminates in Pearl Harbor’s first-ever display of Nagaoka’s famous fireworks to honor the memory of the war’s victims and to celebrate 70 years of peace and friendship.
The event is free and open to the public
Activities kick off at 4 p.m. with food available for purchase, cultural and educational displays, and entertainment. The official commemorative program starts at 7 p.m. with guest speakers, a youth peace summit declaration, performances by Nagaoka children’s choir and HEARTS Hawaii choir, and a special performance of the hit song “Jupiter” by the Japanese singer-songwriter Ayaka Hirahara.
At 8 p.m. the skies above Pearl Harbor and surrounding areas will light up with Nagaoka’s fireworks with music simulcast live on radio station Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.
The public will be allowed access to Ford Island, with parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are advised to plan accordingly for traffic due to the limited lanes on the Ford Island bridge.
Strict security measures will be in place. No large bags, large purses, outside food or beverages, coolers or tents will be allowed and all carry-in items are subject to search.