Here are some facts and pictures of Pearl Harbor!

Nancy & Shawn Power at the USS Arizona's restored anchor at Pearl Harbor

Here we are at the USS Arizona’s restored anchor at Pearl Harbor

When visiting Honolulu, on the Island of Oahu, on your next Hawaii Cruise (almost all Hawaii Cruises start and/or end there) you’ll want to consider paying a visit to historic Pearl Harbor.

You can take a tour right from your Hotel in Waikiki beach so it’s very easy to get to Pearl Harbor.

We did our Pearl Harbor
tour with eNoa Tours
who were great… they picked us up and dropped us back to our Waikiki Hotel… our driver was super friendly, funny and most importantly very informative!

Yes, it was a fairly somber event considering what it represents, but on the bright side, it was a good experience knowing that it has played an important role in shaping our history and the freedom we know today.

With that said, lets have a look at some of the facts we learned about the Attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941.

  • Pearl Harbor was the most important strategic position for the United States Navy to protect the Pacific coastline from attack.
  • On the day of the attack, more than half of the Pacific Naval Fleet was docked at piers along Pearl Harbor, including…
  • The USS Arizona ship which when it sank, lost 1177 men that day.
  • 2400 people died at Pearl harbor that day including members of the Navy, Marines and civilians.
  • Almost every ship that was sank by the Japanese that day was recovered and returned to active service. 🙂
  • In 1962 they built the Memorial for the USS Arizona which represents victory and defeat.
  • Still to this day, 70 years later, two gallons of oil seeps from the USS Arizona each day. (which you can smell slightly while visiting the memorial, and strangely enough, it makes you feel the ships presence underneath you while standing there, as you remember and honor the deaths of those brave soldiers.)

Planning a visit to Pearl Harbor sometime soon?

Then here are a few thing to know before your visit:

A visit to the USS Arizona memorial (the main attraction there) is a Free admission, but the crowds can get really long, so to skip the lines and have a pleasant experience today, we decided to take a tour which takes you to and from your hotel plus tickets in advance to avoid lines ups… the tour lasts about 4 hours in total and costs only $20 each. Easy pezy!

Also, here is a quick excerpt from the official government site (which you can visit here ) about your visit to Pearl Harbor:

“Security Measures- 
Strict security measures prohibit purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or other items that offer concealment. Visitors may bring cameras, cell phones, and wallets, although since no bags are allowed, you are encouraged to pack lightly. A storage facility operated by the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is available in the immediate area of the entrance to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. There is a nominal storage fee of $3 per bag. The storage facility is in operation daily 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors may use the same bag storage and parking stall for visits to all Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.”

Well, now you are all ready for your visit too! 🙂

Have you been to the site before? Tell us about your experience by leaving us a comment below, we would love to hear from you!

Oh ya, here’s a few pictures of Pearl Harbor we took while visiting today.

The USS Arizona Memorial

 

Shawn getting ready to enter the USS Arizona Memorial

 

The list of those who died on the USS Arizona on that infamous day

 

A piece of the USS Arizona that still sits above the water

We Appreciate You,

Nancy & Shawn
Your Trusted Cruise Experts!

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4 Responses

  1. lora September 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM #

    hello, i was there in 2004, and i got weak in my knees as i let my thoughts flow to those lifes lost on that day. the pain and horror, the sacrifices. i cried, i couldnt help it. 2 of my sisters are visiting there soon, 1 a return vistor, 1 a new visitor, but i can’t wait to hear of their visit there and all about hawaii. thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

    • Nancy & Shawn Power September 16, 2011 at 3:47 AM #

      You are welcome, we hope your sisters have a great time, we’re sure they will miss you.

      Nancy & Shawn

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