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Top sights in Oahu
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the 9/11 of its day, remembered as a defining moment of the Second World War. But Pearl Harbor is about much more than its most tragic moment. Here's a brief history to prepare you for your tour!
The large bay was originally called Wai Momi, or "Waters of Pearl." According to Hawaiian legend, it's home to the shark goddess, Kaʻahupahau.
First by the Ewa chief, Keaunui, who reshaped the estuary to make it accessible. Then, in 1869, the US deepened the waters leading into the harbor while Hawaii was still a kingdom.
The kingdom made way for the Republic of Hawaii in 1893, which let the US establish a naval base at the harbor six years later. It didn't become the 50th state until 1959!
US intelligence is rumored to have expected the "surprise" attack, but either way, the naval base was woefully unequipped to defend against any kind of air-raid.
The Pearl Harbor attacks killed 2,403 Americans and Hawaiians, and sunk much of the US' naval might. Defiantly, it's still home to the bigger-than-ever US Pacific Fleet!
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00AM to 5:00PM, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Expect it to be busy at any time! If travelling on a budget then arrive early to snap up one of the free walk-in tickets, otherwise it's recommended that you book in advance!
Pearl Harbor can be accessed by City Bus and taxi, but the former is slow (up to 2 hours) and the latter expensive. Many cheap, quick transportation services don't have clearance to the tourist site itself, so the best way to reach Pearl Harbor is undoubtedly with a certified tour company.
- When should I visit?
- 7:00AM - 5:00PM
- Is it expensive?
- Walk-in tickets are free, but best to guarantee access by purchasing an all-inclusive tour package.
- Will I need a guide?
- It will definitely help.
- How to get there
- Best to go in a private van with a tour company.
- Additional information
- Get out your fanny pack! Backpacks and other large bags must be checked at the storage area.
What people are saying about Pearl Harbor
Our driver from Royal Hawaiian Limos arrived right on time. We were his first pickup. After visiting a few hotels and the airport to pickup additional guests, we headed out to Pearl Harbor. The van was nice and the air conditioning was appreciated. After arriving at the National Monument, Jake briefed us on meeting times and places. We then all entered the Park together. Some of the guests (us included) had our tour headsets included and Jake gave out the vouchers for these. We then had a little over an hour to visit two museums on our own before meeting at the theater to view a movie about the attack. We then boarded the Navy ship which took us around the harbor and the memorial. The Arizona memorial was still under repair so we could not go onto the memorial. There was a sign saying it should be open again in May, 2019. We had 50 minutes afterward to explore. The included city tour on the way back to town was very good. Overall, a great tour!
How quickly we forget but what an incredible reminder of how fragile peace can be and how easily freedom would be lost without a willingness to fight for it and to the death if need be. This memorial is so very well done and maintained. Boarding the memorial is off limits for the time being but soon... The half-day excursion is great and effective but a full day would not seem long enough either. It is a memorial and will strike the chords of every emotion within but is not just sadness. Hopes are high! Beautifully done.
Was very pleased - only problem we had was the van that we had had a very high step to get into it and we had three people that had a very hard time getting in. If he would have had a small step stool it would have been perfect. Took us on a city tour and slowed or stopped when we wanted to take pictures and was very informative. Would definitely book again with your company.
It was an excellent trip and our tour guide Eddie was fantastic. He was very informative and gave us sufficient time on the tour so we didn’t have to rush around. I would have preferred though to halt at the USS Arizona Memorial just to reflect and mourn the loss of lives on that day in history. On the whole a must do event!
Really enjoyed this tour. The Pearl Harbour complex is really well done. So glad to also have time to see the USS Bowfin. Tour of Punchbowl was also good.