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Hawai‘i burst into the America’s history nearly two decades before statehood when on Dec. 7, 1941, it became the target of a Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor. The attack, which claimed the lives of 2,388 military and civilian personnel, resulted in the damage or loss of 21 vessels and 170 planes. Additionally, it triggered U.S. Involvement in World War II.
The USS Arizona was one of seven battleships tied up along “Battleship Row” on the southeast shores of Ford Island when the first wave of the Japanese attack began. The ship exploded at approximately 8:10 a.m. In less than nine minutes, she sank with 1,177 of her crew.
Today more than 1.5 million people a year—over 4500 a day—pay tribute to the Arizona crew, making it the leading visitor destination in Hawai‘i. It is also O‘ahu’s only National Monument. The new 17-acre Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is located on Navy land, about 45 minutes west of Waikiki, and is operated by the National Park Service. The USS Arizona was dedicated on Memorial Day 1962. When visiting Pearl Harbor, you can also visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial.
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Visitors to the Arizona Memorial first stop at the newly dedicated $52 million visitor center that tells a comprehensive story of the Day Of Infamy, as well as the days leading up to—and the years following—the attack. Everything has been rebuilt; there are two new museums, displays, theaters, movies and more—image reliving this historic day that launched the U.S. into the Second World War. To enhance your Pearl Harbor experience, we recommend that you take the new 90-minute audio tour at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Narrated by dozens of Pearl Harbor survivors, this new audio tour is very emotional and informative and brings to life the stories behind this national tragedy of Dec 7, 1941.
The USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Navy-operated boat shuttles to the USS Arizona Memorial begin from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and usually run every 15 minutes.