In honor of “Juneteenth,” The Pōpolo Project, a Hawaiʻi based non-profit organization that seeks to redefine what it means to be Black in Hawaiʻi, organized a gathering on the evening of June 19.

With masks on, flowers in hand, and heads bowed, many gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl this Memorial Day to pause and remember our fallen heroes even amidst the uncertainty that many have been enduring.