The Arizona Memorial is the final resting place of 1,177 Sailors and Marines killed during the attack at Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941 secured the United States involvement in World War II. The memorial is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces to protect our freedom and our way of life.
The tour is approximately 3 hours including transportation from Waikiki. On the way to Pearl Harbor we will drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific or Punchbowl. During the war the crater was used as a rifle range and home to 6 inch Naval Gun and to anti-aircraft emplacements (Battery 104) as part of Hawaii’s shore defense system. In 1948, three years after then end of WWII, the congress approved funding and construction of the cemetery commenced. Today Punchbowl serves as the final resting place for over 13,000 that served in WWII. (Customers picked up from locations other than Waikiki will skip Punchbowl Cemetery.)
Once we arrive at the visitors center, our guides will orientate you with the surroundings and give you a detail analysis of the events that happened on 7 December as well as the events that lead up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our guide will help you answer the ultimate question, “Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?”
Our tour will continue with a short 23 minute video (mandatory). The video places an extra emphasis on the significance of the attack, the Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor. Upon completion of the movie, we will depart the visitors center via Navy Launch (boat) to the Arizona Memorial.
On the Arizona Memorial, you will have an opportunity to explore. From this vantage point you will be able to see the USS Missouri and the mooring quays marking the location of Battleship row. You will also be able to see the sunken Arizona and the oil bubbling to the surface. Toward the back of the memorial you will find the NAMES of the 1,177 fallen Sailors and Marines, as well as two pillars of about 33 men that were later interred with their shipmates. We will be at the Memorial for a total time of 15 minutes before returning via Navy launch to the visitors center.
Once we return to the visitors center, you will have the opportunity to visit the gift shop before returning to the hotel. Please keep in mind that bags are not allowed within the park. If you would like to extend your tour to see more sites at Pearl Harbor, feel free to ask your guide.