Pearl Harbor in Hawaii
Pearl Harbor, located on the island of Oahu, is one of the most frequently visited historic places in Hawaii. An estimated 1.5 million people visit Pearl Harbor every year to pay their respects to those who perished on this “day that will live in infamy” and to learn about an important part of world history.
This website offers varied information for Pearl Harbor enthusiasts, as well as for those who are planning a trip to the monument. For an historical overview, site visitors might begin by reading the detailed account of “What Happened” on December 7, 1941. Under this tab, guests can also find a comprehensive list of those brave men who lost their lives in Pearl Harbor.
In World War II, U.S. battleships were like men – like indefatigable soldiers who were endowed with skills, flawed, wounded, patched up and returned to war. These battleships, like men, served their country with valor and unflagging commitment. Like men, they often died in combat and sometimes went in for surgery and emerged stronger and better than ever before. The “Battleships” link on this site offers the detailed narratives of all ten battleships that were engaged in World War II efforts. Each story reveals a unique perspective of a “soldier” from life to death and gives an historical glimpse into the U.S. Navy and its constantly changing capabilities and technologies.
After the battleships were launched, after brave men risked and lost their lives to protect American soil and after the war ended, Pearl Harbor remained. Today it stands as a symbolic reference to a nation’s past. Almost 70 years have passed since that infamous day, and the face of Pearl Harbor has changed a great deal in that time. Visitors can click the “Today” tab to read about how the memorial came to be built and the kinds of efforts that were required to ensure the site would be preserved and open to the public.
The “Visit” tab on this website is an excellent time-saving resource that gives current, up-to-date information about all you need to know to plan a fruitful trip to Pearl Harbor. Here guests can find directions to the memorial, as well as details about entrance fees, hours of operation and security and precautionary measures. Perhaps most useful of all are the descriptions of the memorial and nearby attractions and activities, so that visitors can begin to plan a sample itinerary that will ensure their time at Pearl Harbor is well-spent.
Particular points of interest that visitors will not want to miss include the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri battleship, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and the Pearl Harbor museum, visitor’s center and gift shop.
Popular Pearl Harbor Attractions
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona was a battleship in the U.S. Navy, commissioned by the Congress in 1916 to serve in World War I. It was the last of the Pennsylvania-class battleships and was named to honor the 48th state to enter the union.
The USS Missouri was an Iowa-class battleship launched on January 29, 1944, under the sponsorship of Miss Mary Margaret Truman, daughter of then Missouri Senator, Harry S. Truman.
Pacific Aviation Museum
Located on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, this museum takes visitors back in time to Pearl Harbor in the 1940s.