Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial History
In 1949, the Legislature of the Territory of Hawai'i established the Pacific War Memorial Commission (“Commission”) to create memorials to those who had lost their lives in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
In 1952, the Commission set aside 11 acres for the Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial.
In 1961, the Memorial Master Plan was created and clearing of the once mangrove swamp commenced.
By 1965, construction of the Obelisk, Memorial Hall, entry road and parking area were completed.
The Alfred Los Banos Hall, John A. Burns Hall, Tommy Kakesako Hall, and the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Hall would be added over the next 30 years.
Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial (“KLM”) continues to serve as the envisioned living memorial dedicated to honoring all veterans with a special remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our Nation.
1 — I am an American Veteran
2 — I proudly served my country
3 — I live the values I learned in the military
4 — I continue to serve my community, my country and my fellow veterans
5 — I maintain my physical and mental discipline
6 — I continue to lead and improve
7 — I make a difference
8 — I honor and remember my fallen comrades