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“Unforgetable experience which will live with me forever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial
1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96818
(808) 422-3300
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World War II Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure Tour
Ranked #1 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Owner description: A 184-foot memorial honoring the 2,388 Americans who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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“Unforgetable experience which will live with me forever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

This was our first visit to Hawaii/Oahu.
We didn't realise the full extent of the Japanese attack until we visited the Arizona Memorial. I could not get it out of my head for 3 weeks after returning home to Scotland. It has that sort of effect, certainly on me. The theater documentary before your visit to the memorial/wreck site, tells the full story & the Japanese thinking of why they should attampt to devastate the US Fleet at anchor.
It is hard to believe the devastation suffered on that day in Decmber 1941 - until you watch the theatre presentation. We were fortunate to have some books we bought in the memorial shop , signed by 3 of the survivors of the attack. Thses guys are usually presentuntil around 12.00. They are getting old, but it really something to talk to people who witnessed the attack first hand.
The Battleship 'Missouri' is moored a few hundred metres for the bow of the 'Arizona' - as it was described to us, the 'Missouri' keeps watch on the sister ship 'Arizona. Very poingniant
We will probably never return to Oahu, but a truly unforgetable experience- one which I/we will never forget.
I tried to purchase a copy of the theatre productionat the memorial - but it was not possible. I still think of it often - it is 'haunting', if that is the correct term.
If you are going to Oahu - do not miss this opportunity to visit 'Arizona' & pay your respects. It is well worth the time to experience it - something you will see/feel, probably nowhere else in the world.

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“Pearl Harbor Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

This is a good excursion.
If you have a car, drive there yourself early.
Parking is free and the admission is free as well.
If you want audio narration, it's only $5.00.
Don't waste your money on tour companies for transporation and guidance if you have a car rental.

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“A must see if on Oahu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

Get here early! There is so much to see and do! Do not bring a purse, backpack or camera case. They don't let you bring it past the Visitor Center. We took the number 42 bus from Waikiki and it took a little over an hour. We arrived at 7:30 am and beat most of the tour buses. Then you get a "tour time" card, so you know when to meet to enter the short movie, then go to the memorial. We got a 9:00am tour time. If you have about an hour before your time, like we did, I recommend getting the earphones and visit the stations around the visitors center for excellent narration by Ernest Borgnine in telling the story of the attack. If you get there later and have two hours or more, you have time to walk over and tour the USS Bowfin. The USS Arizona experience is emotional and wonderful. It is a MUST SEE attraction! Then there are great Hotdogs next door! After the tour, get on the shuttle bus to Ford Island and see the USS Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Each take about an hour to tour. All worth while! If you have a "Go Oahu" card, all of this is free. We were finished at about 5:00 with all the tours and eating lunch, then an hour or so bus ride back to Waikiki. Have fun!

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“Arizona Memorial”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2009

Rented a car the day I went to the Arizona Memorial but could have gotten there as easily by city bus. Plenty of parking space available. Went around 11 a.m. No line up. Only had to wait about a half an hour to enter the theatre for the show. To be first on the boat, sit near the front and to the right of the theatre. Also sit to the far side of the boat. You will get the best viewing for pictures of the memorial and the USS Missouri. You only get about 10-15 minutes at the memorial so don't waste your time. See everything.

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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

You may have a long wait to get in but you find it worth it. As other reviewers have stated the emotional impact of this memorial is unlike most other things you have been to in the past. The facilities are designed for large crowds and it is a pleasant wait. If you have limited time in Hawaii I would make this one of the things you see.

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