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Pearl Harbor / WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
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Full-Day Honolulu Tour with Pearl Harbor
Ranked #2 of 340 things to do in Honolulu
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 184-foot memorial honoring the 2,388 Americans who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I cant even explain how awesome this is. If you are thinking about going stop thinking and DO IT!! So thankful I had the opportunity to do this. I am going to be going again next year when my parents come with us to Hawaii.

Thank Amanda E
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We spent about 9 hours at Pearl Harbor. We arrived at about 7:30am by using the city bus, walked up to the counter to get 9:15 USS Arizona tickets (free) and then paid $55 each for a one day "passport" to all of the exhibits. There are audio tours of the various locations available as part of the passport and those presentations are absolutely excellent. The presentations include comments from survivors of December 7. The tour of the grounds in general is narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. Note that bags, purses or anything that conceal objects are not allowed past the visitor center. We had read this in advance and came prepared, but there are lockers for rental.

We started by walking around the grounds, seeing the USS Arizona's anchor and all of the other exhibits on the grounds. We then visited the USS Bowfin. The audio tour is excellent and there were many opportunities to take pictures both inside an outside of the submarine. We then saw the short movie before taking the boat over to the memorial. It is simply an observations deck, although the Shrine room is very moving. A couple of displays help arient you as to what you are seeing below the water and a buoy at both bow and stern give an idea of how large the ship really was. You only get about 15 minutes on the memorial, but we did not feel rushed at all, it is plenty of time to take it all in.

We ate lunch at the hot dog stand outside the Bowfin and then took a shuttle to the USS Missouri. We made a mistake and did not get an audio tour of the ship, but we did hook up with a number of other people for a free guided tour. It was also excellent, with many stops and stories along the way. It is a large ship, so this takes a while.

We then took the shuttle to the Pacific Aviation Museum. For us, this was the least interesting. It covers two large hangars, as well as many planes parked outside. There are a great number of planes, with descriptive signs and it is a working rehabilitation facility, but it just didn't do much for us.

Back at the visitor center, we went to the museum near the Bowfin dedicated to submarines as well as the museum dedicated the the USS Arizona.

Overall, we were very glad we did not go as part of a tour because we did not want to be limited by the time and places visited by the tours. We ran across a gentleman who was with a tour at the Aviation museum who was unhappy with how much time they spent there and how little time they spent at other sites. We were able to go at our own pace and see everything we wanted.

When we were finally ready to leave at about 4:15, we stopped back at the ticket counter to find out where the return bus stop was. We ended up spending about 15 minutes talking to the park ranger and ticket staff, who provided even more information about both Pearl Harbor and the bus stop.

Overall it was a great day, with a LOT of walking and we left with our brains full of information.

2  Thank MusicMan48176
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is a big part of Hawaiian history. Many people want to see it. It is hard to get tickets to see the actual ships. Reserve more than a week in advance if you want to see them!

2  Thank jurssica
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

For as many people that pass through, this was very well organized. We reserved a place online for Thursday the 21st of November. I paid $1.50 each to reserve the tickets for 12pm. When we arrived, they asked if we would like to go an hour earlier out to the Arizona. We went at 11am. We watched a very informative movie, and went to the memorial on a boat operated by the Navy. People were advised to be quiet and respectful. It set the mood to contemplate the horror that these men endured, and to pay respects to them for their service to our country.
Expect to spend a couple days if you want to really absorb all the information and historical artifacts. We went back on Sunday the 24th to see the USS Missouri, and go back through the "Attack" museum. There are also monuments to the survivors by the Arizona anchor. My husband had a family member that was a survivor, so this was a memorable place for us to visit.
Everything was well marked and it was easy to get around once you were at the Pearl Harbor Monument. There aren't many signs on H1 to get there though, so know where you're going.

Thank DMarie632013
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

This was the best trip we went on very interesting and quite emotionally.
It started with a short film and then a boat trip out to USS Arizona Memorial followed by highlights of the city of Honolulu.

Thank dewhurst121
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