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1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  • Even if you are not particularly patriotic, you will be after this very somber and moving experience
  • There are plans to make a larger one eventually which I think will be a wise idea
  • You can look out from the Memorial and see the shadowy outline of the USS Arizona below but it wasn't as clear as I thought it would be, but still quite a humbling sight all the same
  • I find it completely amazing that some people view this memorial so cavalier

    • by KeeperoftheChaos
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      One thing that is a must see on any trip to Hawaii is the USS Arizona Memorial. Even if you are not particularly patriotic, you will be after this very somber and moving experience.

      You can go to the museum and tour the grounds while you’re there. The museum has a lot of information and artifacts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. You also have an optional Audio Tour that you can get for $5.00. If you don’t know much about the Memorial and what happened here, this is money well spent because it explains it in detail and you will end up getting so much more out of your trip here.

      You start your tour by watching a 25 minute movie about the Memorial. The movie is quite obviously very old and showing it’s age. Reminds me of the movies you used to see in school when they’d pull out the old projector in history class. Still informative though and sets the scene for the memorial. Besides, this isn’t a Hollywood production. It’s


      actual footage of the events of December 7, 1941.

      After the movie, you are taken on a boat ride out to the Memorial which only takes about 5 minutes. I should advise you that this is often very crowded as it’s a popular attraction that almost everyone visits while vacationing in Hawaii and the Memorial itself is very small. There are plans to make a larger one eventually which I think will be a wise idea.

      The Memorial itself lays crosswise over the center of the ship below. It’s basically this sweeping building that has the names of all who perished here in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

      You can look out from the Memorial and see the shadowy outline of the USS Arizona below but it wasn’t as clear as I thought it would be, but still quite a humbling sight all the same. You can make out the shape of the ship from the memorial just six feet below the surface. There is a part of the ship still sticking up out of ...


      • the water on one end and it’s of course all rusty after all this time.

        One of the most moving things is seeing the streaks of oil, or so called tears from the submerged vessel bubbling up to the surface a drop at a time even after over 60 years. In the audio tour of the museum, they mention that the ship still emits 2 quarts of oil a day.

        Couple of tips about your visit. Go early. They only let so many people per day go and when you do go, you still end up having to wait a couple hours to get on the boat since it only holds so many people at a time. They give you a number and you’re free to tour the museum and grounds and gift shop while you wait for your turn to be called.

        You are not allowed to bring a purse, camera bag, or bag of any sort out to the memorial. This is for Government security reasons. You also can’t have your cell phone turned on, which

        at least for me is obvious, but not everyone holds this memorial in the same somber respect that I do.

        When we went, there were people out on the Memorial talking, laughing and basically showing no respect whatsoever and they ended up being told to be quiet and I was glad! I find it completely amazing that some people view this memorial so cavalier. It’s actually a grave site for the 1177 men that lost their lives in service for our country. Maybe it just didn’t seem real to them, but for me, it was a moving experience and one I will not soon forget. If you weren’t patriotic before you went, you will feel patriotism after visiting the USS Arizona Memorial.

        The Memorial itself is Free. If you choose to do the Audio tour, they ask for a $5.00 donation which is really for a good cause, the US Park Service which maintains the grounds and facilities here. There are other things to see in the area too such as the USS Missouri.




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