Video Footage at Victory over Japan Day in Waikiki on August 14, 1945

Originally posted in August 2010. Re-posted for Veterans Day 2011.

This is some wonderful video footage of spontaneous celebrations on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki after the surrender of Japan (known as Victory over Japan, or V-J Day), effectively ending World War II. Rich Sullivan of provided this vintage footage from 65 years ago that was taken by his father. It was taken using Kodachrome 16mm film. For more still images of this day, as well as a ton of useful information about visiting Hawaii, visit