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    Where the Japanese attacked in 1941 - Pearl Harbor

    by csordila Updated Feb 26, 2010

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    Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial are still one of the main events in Oahu with more than one million tourists every year.

    A visit to the Arizona Memorial is a solemn experience, even for those who were not alive when the attack occurred. You are standing over a grave site where 1177 crewmen lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the Memorial has been built over the remains of the great battleship.
    Like everybody else who visited the Pearl Harbor memorial, I believe anyone traveling to Hawaii should refresh their memory about Pearl Harbor with a visit to this historic memorial.
    Following the events of September 11, 2001, much severer security regulations have been introduced. No bags of any kind are allowed at the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Park and Battleship Missouri Memorial.
    The USS Bowfin Memorial Park operates a storage container, but only for items with carry-on size or smaller. The fee is $2.00 per item. For larger baggage storage is not available and there are no alternatives in the local area for bag storage. Personal cameras without bags are allowed.

    Pearl Harbor is the only naval base in the US to be designated a National Historical Landmark.

    Visitor Center is open daily from 7:30am to 5pm, but the last tour starts at 3pm; entrance free of charge. The group number is printed on your ticket and unless you are the first one there at 8 am when it starts, you may expect at least up to a three-hour wait for a self-guided tour . The best time to visit is early in the morning before the tour buses arrive.
    Shirt and footwear are required, swimwear is not allowed.!!!
    Address:1 Arizona Memorial Place
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Direction: take the #20 or #42 bus straight to the visitor center.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

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    USS Bowfin

    by csordila Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    Not far from the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, lies this submarine used during World War II. Bowfin was launched at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 7 December 1942, exactly one year after the Pearl Harbor attack.
    She took her name from the aggressive predator living in fresh water of the Great Lakes and may have sunk 44 Japanese ships between Sep 1943 and Jun 1945.
    After the war she was on active duty until 1971. Afterwards, the submarine was docked next to the USS Arizona and opened to the public as a museum ship.
    You can go below deck aboard this submarine and it is really amazing to see things like the tiny quarters where the submariners worked, ate and slept and the machinery.

    Following the events of September 11, 2001, much severer security regulations have been introduced. No bags of any kind are allowed at the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Park and Battleship Missouri Memorial.
    The USS Bowfin Memorial Park operates a storage container, but only for items with carry-on size or smaller. The fee is $2.00 per item. For larger baggage storage is not available and there are no alternatives in the local area for bag storage. Personal cameras without bags are allowed.

    USS Bowfin is a National Historic Landmark since 1986.

    Open daily from 8am to 5pm, last tour at 4:30pm.
    Admission fee U$10; children (4 to 12) U$4

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Theme Park Trips

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  • Atlantis Submarine Ride! Takes...

    by slide_away Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Atlantis Submarine Ride! Takes you below the waikiki waters for a submarine ride. I had an excellent time on board - well worth the money. We were lucky and saw sharks, turtles, stingrays & heaps of fish of course. Bit of everything basically :) I was on the cheaper submarine (there are two), and had no complaints. HINT: sit up the front! You don't really get a choice, but I was lucky to end up there. It was the best spot BY FAR, you see much more then everyone else by getting a great view out the front of the submarine (and private commentary from the captain too). FUN PLUS!

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