It Would Feel Like An Incomplete Visit to Oahu Without Seeing Pearl Harbour
It is the number one visitor attraction in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is located on the south coast of Oahu. It is a United States National Historic Landmark. It is famous for being the target of a surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on December 7, 1941.
We were told the best time to go was very early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the long line ups. Our visit was during the first week of January. It was relatively quiet at the site, we didn’t have to wait in any lines. There are four main visitor attractions in Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri Battleship and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Before being taken out to the site you sit and watch a short video presentation about the events that took place on December 7, 1941. We were then loaded onto a boat to be taken out to the USS Arizona. There is a large memorial built over top of where the actual battleship was sunk. The ship still sits below the water today and serves as the final resting place for the crew that were on board.
Inside the memorial it was a strange feeling to be walking above the ship knowing it is the final resting place for many of the crew members. The names of the men are all displayed on a large plaque within the memorial. Out of respect no talking is allowed while you are inside the actual site. It was quite over whelming to be standing in front a wall and looking at the names of so many men and woman that lost their life.
We decided not to view the interior of the Bowfin or Missouri. We have had opportunities to view battleships and submarines before. We walked around the grounds near the ticket buildings. There are many missiles and other examples of war arsenal to look at.