Bill Bailey Reviews Pearl Harbor
A part of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, and part of the NPS WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor is located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu on Hickham Airforce Base, a still active base located near to the city of Honolulu. Spend the day or more exploring these important and historic sites of interest.
Also called Pu’uloa, which means long hill or water of pearl by the early Hawaiians, Pearl Harbor is named for its abundance of pearls. Today, the harbor is the most popular of all destinations for visitors in the Hawaiian Islands. An active military site even today, it become famous on that all too memorable day in 1941 when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the Harbor and sank the mighty Arizona and the now infamous Missouri where the Japanese finally surrendered, the site is actually made up of a number of attractions including the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row.
The Arizona Memorial is free and open to the public daily except major holidays. A visit to the memorial will generally last just over an hour and a quarter and includes a documentary about the history of the area as well as a short boat ride to the memorial itself. Plan to leave early and expect delays as it is the number one destination for visitors to the islands today.
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is another great place to visit and is not far from the park Visitor Center. Here, you have the chance to see what the soldiers saw by taking a trip in a real submarine. Other exhibits on the Pacific Submarine Museum will allow you to see and explore other aspects of life during WWII on the island and elsewhere as well.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located on Ford Island as is the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor as well. Accessible by shuttle buses which leave from the Visitor center every 15 minutes, the last shuttle leaves at 5 pm. Guided tours will last anywhere from a half hour to 2 hours.
You can learn more about this historic site and all it has to offer you on your journey to the Hawaiian Islands at http://www.pearlharborhistoricsites.org.
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