Things to know before you come to the Pearl Harbor Memorial
Since 1980, the USS Arizona Memorial has been run by the National Park Service, whose aim is to preserve and interpret historical documents, memories and attitudes associated with the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Below is a list of some practical information visitors should be aware of, so that the National Park Service can continue to provide excellent, hassle-free services to their patrons:
Due to increased security measures after the 9/11 attacks in New York City, visitors are prohibited from bringing any items that allow for concealment, such as purses, handbags, fanny packs and diaper bags into the memorial area. Cameras and camcorders are allowed, but no camera bags. Guests may leave their belongings in their car, or store them for a nominal fee in the storage area at the USS Bowfin Submarine Park. The storage area is open from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm every day.
Civilians visiting the USS Arizona Memorial and its surrounding sites should be sure to dress in an appropriate manner. Sandals are permissible, but bathing suits and profane T-shirts and the like are prohibited.
Visitors should prepare for unpredictable island weather and be ready for rain, especially in the winter months (November to March). The weather in Honolulu is usually in the low 80s (F) during the winter and upper 80s in the summer months. The evening temperatures are about 10 degrees lower.
The park is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible, though wheelchairs are not available at the site. There are no doctors or nurses on-site, though EMS is available and there is a hospital nearby. Visitors should contact a park ranger at the security checkpoint in case of any medical emergency or to inform them of any special needs.
Restrooms with diaper changing tables are available on the park site, as well as at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. No restroom facilities are located on the Arizona Memorial itself.
Strollers are permitted on-site, but not in the theaters or on the Navy shuttles. Guests may store the strollers at the front desk of the visitor’s center during programs.
Pets are not allowed at the memorial.
A limited snack bar and gift shop are located on-site.
Cell phones must be turned off when visitors are watching the documentary film, on the Navy shuttle boat, as well as on the Arizona Memorial.
There are 30 scheduled programs every day and visitors should attempt to arrive early in order to get a ticket (admission is free). During the busy summer months, guests can expect up to a 3-hour delay for their tour to begin.
In addition to the free timed programs, visitors can also rent audio headsets and take an excellent hour-long audio tour narrated by actor and WWII Navy veteran, Ernest Borgnine. The audio tour is available in seven languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, German and Spanish.
Multilingual brochures about the USS Arizona Memorial are available in 35 languages.