On December 7, 1941, the battleship USS Arizona was sunk, taking 1,100 sailors with it. In 1961, a solemn white monument was ... More
USS Arizona Memorial
On December 7, 1941, the battleship USS Arizona was sunk, taking 1,100 sailors with it. In 1961, a solemn white monument was erected above the midsection of the ship. The deck of the Arizona lies now six feet below the surface of Pearl Harbor and is clearly visible from the monument. Take the shuttle launch from shore to the monument and view the dark shape of a once-great ship with its silent crew. Visit the Battleship Missouri Memorial afterward.
The park rangers there were terrible with all the visitors. They treat the visitors like an intruders. People go there to pay respect to the war heroes. But the park rangers there are not very friendly, and bad customer services.
I would not recomment anyone to go there, and I would not go there again.
This was first on my list of Hawaii destinations and I can recommend to anybody. That said, be prepared to spend half a day, be crowded, and get pushed around a little bit.
My biggest complaint is that there just is not enough room for the crowds that come here. The museum is moving but needs more exhibits and much more space for moving around. There is little area for sitting and limited options for eating and drinking, which can be important when you're waiting 3-4 hours.
This is still an inspiring experience--I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and message of the film and this is simply a place all Americans should experience to honor those who served and continue to serve our nation.
Since some earlier reviews there is a bag check that works well and is reasonable in cost at $3. Since the bulk of visitors are quite well off, I would support a fee in line with the other major national parks to be used for upgrading facilities and improved visitor options.
As to the question of tour or car, we took The Bus option and it worked beautifully.
So awe inspiring and moving....You are at the bookends of the WW II...The Arizona is where it started and the USS Missouri is where it ended...Must see on your trip...
Get there early and see everything... museum, book store and memorial...
Every American who visits Oahu should experience Pearl Harbor at least once. The memorial is overwhelming. The National Park Service does a great job handling the number of visitors that come through daily. There is so much to learn for all generations. I have visited 3 times over 30 years and could still go again.
We got there early in the morning and were one of the first to get on the ferry. It was nice but not as moving as I expected. We were told to be quiet and show respect. I saw no respect from the Asian folks, very rude. Worth the trip but get there very early or wait forever.
I took my 6 year old son and we had a blast. It was awesome to walk around, see the bunks and everything. There's a snack bar to buy goodies and a gift shop for souveniers plus a photo stand to have an "official" photo in a military helmet. We had a great time.
We took a tour that got us there about 7:30 A.M. There was a big line, but when the doors opened at 8 A.M. the line moved fairly quickly. Got our tickets, went to the gift shop and got souvenirs, then went to the movie. It gives you the history of Dec.7.
We then got on the boat that takes you out to the memorial. It is very moving and sad.
As long as you know that you can't take purses and large bags because of security concerns, you shouldn't have any problems.
I think that it is easier to take a tour bus to go there. I would highly recommend this tour for the history.