Recently I visited Pearl Harbor, a significant and tragic sight in United States’ history. The below video gives you an inside look at my time spent exploring this important attraction in Oahu:
One of Pearl Harbour’s main areas is the USS Arizona Memorial which remembers, honours and marks the resting place of over a 1,000 sailors and marines, killed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. Over two million people visit Pearl Harbor each year to pay their respects and to reflect on the events of that day.
Before you make your way to the USS Arizona memorial, a short documentary is shown to illustrate the historical impact the event had. After the viewing, you travel out to the memorial by boat which sits directly over sunken hull of the battleship. As you disembark and roam around the USS Arizona memorial. You can see the sunken vessel underneath, and to know 1,102 soldiers and marines are entombed and resting in the wreckage is heartbreaking.
Their names line the memorial wall highlighting just how tragic December 7, 1941 was for the island of Oahu and the United States.
Also as you look out to the water oil can still be seen seeping out from the vessel. After spending 15-20 minutes at the memorial you’re taken back to the visitor centre to explore the exhibits, displays and museums, honouring those lost at Pearl Harbor, and also those who bravely served in World War II.
Visiting Pearl Harbor is a significant and moving experience offering the opportunity to remember, reflect and pay your respects. It’s a key sight that any visitor to Hawaii should see and do.
Four tips for visiting Pearl Harbor:
- No bags are allowed – either leave your bag at home or hire a locker before you enter.
- Book in advance – as over two million people visit each year tickets sell out quickly. So purchase your tickets online before visiting.
- Be early – the shuttle boat to USS Arizona Memorial runs on time, so it’s recommended that visitors be at the theatre entrance 5-10mintues before schedule.
- Go your own way – avoid jumping on a tour from Waikiki etc. I recommend going there on your own accord to ensure you have enough time to explore. A number of tour operators are known to rush this visit due to Honolulu traffic delays and lengthy hotel pick-up/drop-offs.
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