Visit the USS Arizona MemorialO‘ahu

Hawai‘i burst into 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 and/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 attacks began. The ship exploded at approximately 8:10 a.m. In less than nine minutes, she sank with 1,177 of her crew.

Each year, more than 1.7 million people pay tribute to the Arizona, making it the leading visitor destination in Hawai‘i. It also is 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. There are two world-class museums, theaters, movies and more.

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. and run every 15 minutes until

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3 p.m.

The National Park Service and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites partners (USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM, BATTLESHIP MISSOURI and PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM) now offer three official Pearl Harbor Half-Day Tours. Each half-day tour takes approximately five hours and includes the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour and an additional Pearl Harbor attraction of choice. Or opt for one of two highly popular Pearl Harbor Full-Day Tours and learn the compelling story of all four historic landmarks. For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or visit www. recreation.gov. Go to www. pearlharborhistoricsites.org for further information on all tours.

If the USS Arizona Memorial tickets are sold out online, not to worry, the National Park Service gives out APPROXIMATELY 2,000 WALK-UP TICKETS a day on a first-come, first-served basis. Just be sure to go early. The Visitor Center opens at 7 a.m.

After seven decades resting in salt water and hosting millions of visitors, the USS Arizona Memorial is scheduled for a major refurbishment project. To learn how you can help, visit www.pacifichistoricparks.org or call (808) 954-8777.


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