Aloha fun heading for Red Oak Victory’s next ‘Pancake Breakfast’

Richmond’s Red Oak Victory ship seeks volunteers
SS Red Oak Victory is located at 1337 Canal Blvd. in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

The aloha spirit will abound aboard the S.S. Red Oak Victory when the World War II Victory Ship hosts its next “Pancake Breakfast” Sun., Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its dockside home at 1337 Canal Blvd. in Richmond.

Tickets to the aloha-themed Pancake Breakfast, which typically sell out fast, are $15 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. Breakfast service ends at 12:30 p.m. and mimosas will be mixed up for adult visitors for a small fee.

Highlights of the event will include live Hawaiian swing era music by the Alcatraz Islanders, as well as a special contest where the ship’s crew will “select a few patrons with the best (or worst?) Hawaiian aloha shirts,” per Red Oak Victory organizers. Contest winners will get to sound the ship’s whistle, which is “called a ‘whistle’ but sounds like a foghorn,” per the crew.

As always during the ship’s Pancake Breakfasts, its radio room will be open for visitors to send a radiogram to anyone in the world via its Morse code-only ship’s radio. A limited number of tickets for docent-led tours of the ship will also be available to visitors during the event; organizers suggest buying them in advance as they usually sell out early.

To learn more about the aloha-themed Pancake Breakfast or to purchase tickets, click here.