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.
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 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. 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. At press time, boat transportation to
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The National Park Service and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites partners (USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM, BATTLESHIP MISSOURI and PEARL HARBOR AVIATION MUSEUM) now offer three official Pearl Harbor Half-Day Tours. For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or visit recreation.gov. Go to 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 1,300 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. USS Arizona Memorial programs are available every 15 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors with tickets will view the documentary in theater, followed by the narrated of the harbor. For updates, please go to nps.gov/valr.