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.
It was nice to come back and visit the Arizona Memorial. I am very grateful for the men and women who gave their lives for our country. I wish they had a section that also had a collection of civilian stories and what the Hawaiian people went through during the attack and after the attack. My Hawaiian Grandparents shared many stories with me and my cousins about what they witnessed and went through during the war, this is also important.
What a wonderful Memorial! It is worth the wait! The museum is awesome! The video really sets the mood.
One point to remember- Leave your bags in the car or hotel!!!! You can and should bring your camera!
The only thing I did not appreciate was the tourists who allowed their children to run all over the place being loud and climbing on the exhibit. I had 3 very young children (7,5,5) with me- I explained that this was a place where many sailors died and acting up was not allowed. I praised our children afterward as they where about the only ones who did show respect for the memorial! It's not just a "sunken ship"- it is where our US Navy Sailors died. Take a day- you might need to take the whole day- but folks- remember- those Sailors dont have a day to spend "touring" anymore!
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