There are so many historical parts of Oahu and Honolulu to see for Memorial Day. One of the things that I wanted to do when moving to Honolulu was to be sure to visit Pearl Harbor on Memorial 2014. I have the opportunity and there is no reason for me not to visit such a somber memorial.
Update: Read about my visit to Pearl Harbor. It was incredible.
When most people reference “visit Pearl Harbor” on their stay or while living on Oahu the people they’re telling their story to will automatically conjure the mental image of the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and the white marble structure that is so distinctive of the location.
Pearl Harbor 2014 Memorial Day
While the USS Arizona Memorial (image above)is the most visually representative image of what Pearl Harbor means to many Americans, there is much more to a Pearl Harbor visit, particularly on Memorial Day.
The USS Missouri is also located in Pearl Harbor and this mighty Naval vessel played a huge part in US military history for many years.
The Pacific Aviation Museum also calls Pearl Harbor home and is a display of important military aircraft throughout the years.
In World War II, the USS Bowfin played a large part as an attack submarine. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Pearl Harbor is another military and Memorial Day sight that should be visited while you have time.
While visiting Pearl Harbor is particularly special on Memorial Day, it can actually be visited year round and if you’re on Oahu then I would urge you to make it a priority while there. If you live on Oahu and in Honolulu then you have ample time to visit and pay tribute to the rich history and the men and women who gave so much throughout the years.
The Arizona Memorial visitor center is open from 7am to 5pm and guided tours run from 8am to 3pm. It is advisable to get to the visitor as early as possible, particularly on this Memorial Day weekend.
Pearl Harbor Etiquette-A Memorial Not a Circus Attraction
Please keep in mind, whenever you visit Pearl Harbor that while they are labeled as “tourist attractions” they are so much more to that to so many people, particularly veterans and those that were present during the bombing and are still alive. Always remain respectful of that fact when visiting.
Admission to the Arizona Memorial is FREE as is the USS Missouri. There is a ticketing charge for visits to the Aviation Museum and the Submarine Museum.
Directions to Pearl Harbor: (Text Directions below the Map)
**Courtesy of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.com
(Traveling from the east – Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki)
Take Ala Moana Blvd/Nimitz Highway or H-1 freeway West. From H-1, look for the USS Arizona/Stadium exit, #15a. Rather than getting off at this exit, which will take you to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, take HI-99 (Kamehameha Highway) and continue until you reach the 4th traffic light. Turn left at this light onto Arizona Memorial Place. When you reach the base of the hill, turn right and park in the lot on your left.
(Traveling from the west – Kapolei & Waianae)
From H-1 East, take Exit 1C towards Halawa/Camp Smith/Aiea/Stadium and turn left onto Kahuapaani Street. Following the signs for Stadium/Honolulu, turn right onto Salt Lake Blvd. Turn left on HI-99 (Kamehameha Highway). Continue on HI-99 and turn right onto Arizona Memorial Place. When you reach the base of the hill, turn right and park in the lot on your left.
(Traveling from the North – North Shore & Haleiwa)
Take HI-99. When you reach HI-80, continue on HI-99 South. Take I-H2 South toward Honolulu and take Exit #1A onto Interstate 1 East. Then take Exit #13A toward Aiea onto Moanalua Road and stay in the far right lane and exit at Stadium/Aiea. Continue on Moanalua Road and turn left at the first stoplight onto HI-99 East (Kamehameha Highway). Continue on HI-99 and turn right onto Arizona Memorial Place. When you reach the base of the hill, turn right and park in the lot on your left.
Read about my experience of visiting Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day 2014