The legacy of Pearl Harbor lives on, with Hawaii playing a critical role during the turn of events that reshaped world history. On this popular narrated tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and other historic Honolulu landmarks, you will explore firsthand what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 and how it greatly impacted the outcome of World War II.
Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)
- Pearl Harbor Visitor Center* – Welcome to Pearl Harbor, your gateway to American wartime history. Here you will visit monuments and museums; see exhibit galleries and displays; and learn from Pearl Harbor survivors.
- USS Arizona Memorial* – The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Accessible only by boat, it is a place of contemplation, inspiration and reflection.
- National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl – This beautifully maintained cemetery at Punchbowl is a memorial to honor the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who gave up their lives in the line of duty. This is also the final resting place of Ellison Onizuka, the first astronaut from Hawaii who was in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- Iolani Palace – This majestic structure was the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and is the only royal palace in the United States. It features American Florentine architecture seen nowhere else in the world.
- Kawaiahao Church – One of the oldest standing Christian places of worship in Hawaii, this church is often described as the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific. It was constructed from slabs of coral rock hand-chiseled by Hawaiian divers almost 200 years ago.
- Hawaii State Capitol Grounds – Includes the Father Damien Statue, a tribute to the Roman Catholic priest who died after 16 years of serving leprosy patients, the Eternal Flame, the Korean Vietnam War Memorial and the Liberty Bell.
- Honolulu City Hall – Known as Honolulu Hale (“building”), the city hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. The site of the chambers of the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu and the Honolulu City Council.
- “Road to War” and “Attack” Exhibit Galleries – These galleries located at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Centre display personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs, artifacts of the battle and so much more.
- Downtown Honolulu – Keep an eye out for the beautiful golden statue of King Kamehameha the Great; Iolani Palace – the only royal palace in the United States, Kawaiahao Church, Hawaii State Capital, and Honolulu City Hall.
- Maui Divers Jewelry (Optional Stop) – Guests who choose to stop here will receive a complimentary souvenir from Hawaii’s largest jewelry retailer renowned for their unique, high-quality handcrafted designs not only in precious coral jewelry, but also gold Hawaiian jewelry. They will be shuttled back to their hotel by the Maui Divers Shuttle.
About the Tour
The excursion begins at Pearl Harbor to relive the events that unfolded on that fateful Sunday morning in 1941, when U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor came under attack by Japan, catapulting the United States into World War II. A visit by boat to the USS Arizona Memorial then offers a real-time setting for reflecting on the extensive battle that took place, leading to the loss of life of 1,177 of the ship’s crewmen.
The journey then moves onward to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where many of those who fought for their country are buried, and finally past Honolulu’s most noteworthy historical landmarks, including Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol and Honolulu City Hall.
- (Approximate Timings) Tour A: 6.00am-11.45am
- Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately
- You may wish to bring a light jacket in case it rains.
- Due to security requirements at the USS Arizona Memorial, bags and purses are not allowed. Bags cannot be stored on the tour bus.
- Cameras are permitted but not camera bags. Strollers are not allowed in movie theater, on Navy shuttle boat to the USS Arizona Memorial, or on the USS Arizona Memorial.
- Locations/routes and times may be modified or restricted due to national park and state park advisories.