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Honolulu / Kaneohe HI—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Kaneohe, Hawaii recognizes and honors Gold Star Families with a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) at the Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery at the entrance of the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Groundbeaking was held on September 11, 2017 at 11 AM.      

Dedication was held on March 17, 2018 at 10 AM.  

The public was invited to attend both events.

45-425 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Lei Cutting blessing was held on July 21, 2017 

Medal of Honor Recipient and Co-Founder of the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation (HWWMOHF), Woody Williams met with citizens, active duty service members, and community leaders in November 2016 to initiate the effort. The HWWMOHF will present a $5,000 check as matching seed monies. 

To learn more about the Gold Star Family Memorial, please contact Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Committee Chairman, Pastor Wayne Surface, (808) 383.9446, Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. 

The local committee will be working on the GSFMM with Gold Star Families, as well as community leaders and citizens. 

The National Project Manager for HWWMOHF is Mike King, e-mail

To make a contribution for this particular monument, contact an Honorary Board Member or contact the HWWMOHF at

Gold Star Families Brochure

A Gold Star Family member can be any relative: mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, adoptive or foster parents, wife, husband, child, stepchild, adopted child, brothers, sisters, half brothers or sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces or nephews who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.

The Gold Star Family Memorial was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody" Williams to remember those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To learn more about the memorial, please visit our Gold Star Families Memorial Monument web page.

UPS helps Gold Star Families Memorial Monument arrive in Hawaii

"Dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being forgotten is." Georgie Carter-Krell (Mother of Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient Pfc. Bruce W. Carter, USMC- Florida

Any excess funds raised for this Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Project will be used to further the mission of the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation’s of honoring Gold Star Families and their fallen Heroes through the establishment of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities across the United States, offering scholarships to Gold Star Children as well as sponsoring and hosting outreach programs and events for Gold Star Families.

This memorial monument was dedicated on March 17, 2018.