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In Any Clime and Place

USO, Honolulu Zoo host 2009 Military Appreciation Day

By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | June 06, 2009

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A Sumatran tiger cub plays in its enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

A Sumatran tiger cub plays in its enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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The Air Force Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, "Hana Hou," entertained guests at Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009.  Hana Hou plays a variety of popular and Hawaiian-style music.   More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

The Air Force Band of the Pacific-Hawaii, "Hana Hou," entertained guests at Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009. Hana Hou plays a variety of popular and Hawaiian-style music. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Hawaiian singer/songwriter Henry Kapono entertained guests with a hour-long solo performance at Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

Hawaiian singer/songwriter Henry Kapono entertained guests with a hour-long solo performance at Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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A young dancer from Waimanalo halau Te Ea O Te Turama entertains guests with traditional Polynesian costumes and dances during Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

A young dancer from Waimanalo halau Te Ea O Te Turama entertains guests with traditional Polynesian costumes and dances during Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Young dancers from Waimanalo halau Te Ea O Te Turama entertain guests with traditional Polynesian costumes and dances during Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

Young dancers from Waimanalo halau Te Ea O Te Turama entertain guests with traditional Polynesian costumes and dances during Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Military members and their families enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band, under the direction of Michael Nakasone, at the Honolulu Zoo main stage during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

Military members and their families enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band, under the direction of Michael Nakasone, at the Honolulu Zoo main stage during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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The Royal Hawaiian Band, under the direction of Michael Nakasone, performs at the Honolulu Zoo main stage during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

The Royal Hawaiian Band, under the direction of Michael Nakasone, performs at the Honolulu Zoo main stage during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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USO Vice President of Operations Thomas Kolstad listens as Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman proclaims June 6, 2009 as Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

USO Vice President of Operations Thomas Kolstad listens as Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman proclaims June 6, 2009 as Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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An Indian elephant plays in its enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009.  More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment.

An Indian elephant plays in its enclosure at the Honolulu Zoo during Military Appreciation Day June 6, 2009. More than 26,000 people came out to enjoy a day at the zoo, which included food, information and crafts booths, as well as a variety of musical entertainment. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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HONOLULU -- Service members and their families enjoyed complimentary admission to the Honolulu Zoo during USO Hawaii’s annual Military Appreciation Day June 6.

Along with the chance to see more than 1,000 animals, military personnel and family members received free refreshments, participated in educational games and entertainment.

USO Hawaii has hosted the event at the zoo for thousands of service members since 2005 to thank them for their dedication and sacrifice.