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
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
By 1965, construction of the Obelisk, Memorial Hall, entry road and parking area were
The Alfred Los Banos Hall, John A. Burns Hall, Tommy Kakesako Hall, and the Harry and
Weinberg Hall would be added over the next 30 years.
Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial (“KLM”) continues to serve as the envisioned
memorial dedicated to honoring all veterans with a special remembrance of those who made the
ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our Nation.
Dedicated December 7, 1963, the Obelisk is a symbol
that perpetuates the reverence we hold for those who died in defense of their country
I continue to serve my community, my country and my fellow veterans
I maintain my physical and mental discipline
I continue to lead and improve
I make a difference
I honor and remember my fallen comrades
The creed is supported by AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans,
HillVets, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart,
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Reserve Officers Association, Student Veterans of
Team Rubicon Global, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wounded Warrior Project.