Amid stirring surroundings and breathtaking views, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu will hold its annual Easter sunrise service March 31. It’s one of a variety of Easter weekend activities – religious and secular – on Oahu.
The military park, located on 116 acres inside the crater of the now extinct Punchbowl volcano, is the final resting place of more than 13,000 American soldiers and sailors who died during World War II.
Roughly 5 million visitors a year come to the cemetery to pay their respects and to enjoy the inspiring views from the rim of the crater.
This year marks the 113th year for the nondenominational sunrise service. The gates to the cemetery (2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu,  532-3720) will open at 4:30 a.m., with the service scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. Guests will be treated to music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III.
A second, nondenominational service, the Easter Sunrise Celebration by the Beach, will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Waikiki Hula Mound, near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. Sponsored by Ekolu Mea Nui Ministries, the service will be followed by water baptisms.