USS Arizona Memorial

Explore The USS Arizona Memorial

This tour begins when we pick you up at your hotel or cruise ship. While traveling to Pearl Harbor our expert guides will take you back in time with a historical recounting of the events leading up to the day of the attack and its aftermath.  

 
The Experience Highlights

  • Ride aboard a Naval vessel to the Arizona Memorial on Battleship Row
  • See the “Black Tears of the Arizona” (Iridescent oil, still trickling to the top of the harbor surface from the USS Arizona after 70 years)
  • See historical artifacts from the attack
  • Visit the gift shop for books, souvenirs and WWII memorabilia
  • Walk the grounds of the National Monument with informative displays
  • View Battleship Row & USS. Bowfin Submarine
  • See the Headquarters of the USS Pacific Fleet
  • View many Navy vessels that might include destroyers and carriers

What You'll Do

While traveling to Pearl Harbor our expert guides will take you back in time with a historical recounting of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Upon arrival at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument you’ll have a chance to explore the museum filled with historical artifacts and documents that further set the stage of the attack on Pearl Harbor. You’ll also see a historic film featuring archive footage of the actual attack! Then, you’ll board an official United States Navy vessel for a ride across the bay to the site of the Arizona Memorial--suspended above the sunken battleship where 1,177 sailors gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. You’ll see Pearl Harbor from the same vantage as the sailors did that fateful morning and bear witness to the names of the fallen. Insightful and Unforgettable, this tour is a must for any trip to the islands.

Location: WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Difficuty level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours

Conditions

The 23 min. documentary of the attack might be emotional to some visitors

There is a 10 minutes US Navy boat ride over to the Memorial

The entire program lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes ( 23-minute documentary film on the actual attack, a 10 minutes boat ride to and from the Memorial and time spent at the Memorial)

Subject to close for stormy weather

Should be able to walk 4 city blocks

Be prepared for a long wait, up to 3 hour or more on a busy day. It will be better to reserve your tickets in advance

For those with mobility issues, there are benches throughtout the Visitors Center to offer rest opportunities

Description of Monument

Pearl Harbor at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is located on Oahu, Hawaii.

Hawaii became an annexation to the US due to its strategic importance in the Pacific. Its location became the reason behind the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 which forced the US into WW II. Because of the historic significance of these events, in 1964 Pearl Harbor was declared a national historic landmark.


Honoring the memory of the lives that were lost during the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is at the heart of the National Park Service

The USS Arizona Memorial honors the 1,177 crewmen

The USS Oklahoma Memorial honors the 429 sailors

The USS Utah Memorial, honors its 58 dead

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center focuses on providing information regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 9141
Two exhibit galleries, Outdoor exhibits, An audio tour, A theater, Bookstore with great selection of book and WWII souvenirs

After leaving the Visitor Center, guest can choose to visit the other three sites at Pearl Harbor Historic: the USS Bowfin Submarine, the Battleship Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Purpose & Significance of Monument

The purpose of the monument is to..."preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oahu, to peace and reconciliation."

The statements of significance express "why a monument's resources and values are important enough to merit designation as a unit of the national park system. These statements are linked to the purpose of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor and are supported by data, research, and consensus.

According to the National Park Service (nps.gov), the following statetments represent the purpose and signficance of the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument:

Purpose of the Monument

The purpose of the monument is to..."preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oah'u, to peace and reconciliation."


Significance of the Monument

The statements of significance express "why a monument's resources and values are important enough to merit designation as a unit of the national park system. These statements are linked to the purpose of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor and are supported by data, research, and consensus.

Statements of significance describe the distinctive nature of the park and why an area is important within a global, national, regional, and systemwide context. The following significance statements have been identified for World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor:

Visitors Center & Accessibility

Wheelchairs Accessibility
Pearl Harbor is an ADA compliant and handicap accessible facility

Restrooms, book store, information desk, drinking fountains, movie theater, US Navy shuttle boat, and the Memorial are wheelchair accesible

Wheelchairs are only available for emergency situations

Visually Impaired Accessbility
Braille and tactile model resources are available within Visitors Centers

Hearing Impaired Accessbility
Historical documentary shown in the theater is fully captioned

There is an induction loop for use with the hearing aids

Medical Service Accessibility
There are no nurses or doctors on site. There are hospitals nearby.

Note: Behavior at the Memorial

You have 45 days to return items for a full refund, with or without a receipt. Items must still have their original tags.

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