Pearl City Things to Do

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    Leaving Pearl Harbor

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 16, 2014

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    We returned from the USS Arizona Memorial. We took some time to walk around the park and look at the historic museum photos. Walking back to our tour bus I took one last photo. I really liked the photo. It shows the beauty that is Pearl Harbor. It shows the beauty that was Pearl Harbor before the war. And it shows that with all the cruelty of man and the horrors of war we create nothing really can take away from the beauty that nature creates in a single place at a single moment.

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    Arrival and ferry to the Memorial - USS Arizona

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 16, 2014

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    On our first trip to Hawaii we stayed in Waikiki. We did not rent a car. We depended on tour busses, taxi's, and our feet for transportation. We booked a tour bus to Pearl Harbor at our hotel. It was a good choice. They arranged for our tickets and our entrance to historical site. We did not have to worry about parking or booking ferry tickets to the USS Arizona memorial. We were able to just arrive and share the experience. There were some veterans from the attack on Pearl Harbor there who were willing to share their stories and sell their books which is something I felt they deserved to do. I did not feel is was in any way commercializing the experience or taking away from the moment. We received our time to board the ferry and joined the other visitors on our journey out to the Memorial.

    On the ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial

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    Experiences on the USS Arizona Memorial

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 16, 2014

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    I have read the history books and did some research on the actual USS Arizona Memorial. So I knew the Memorial was situated above the actual ship. But knowing this and seeing the this is two different things. Standing on the Memorial and looking down at ship just a few feet below brings the reality of the tragedy of the USS Arizona to a very personal level. Seeing the remains of the ship and realizing there are still bodies buried below inside the ship is very moving and a very somber experience. Then you see that there is still oil floating up to the water surface from the ship and it all becomes very real. Not just a memorial but a real piece of "living" history just below your feet.

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    Somber photos at the USS Arizona Memorial

    by littlesam1 Updated Nov 16, 2014

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    I wanted a photo at the USS Memorial. I wanted a photo at Auschwitz. I wanted a photo on the Gettysburg Battlefield. I wanted a photo at the Anne Frank House. These were not my usual smiley faced look at me photos that I take on vacations. These are photos for me so I could remember the experience and the emotions I felt when I visited these places. Although I have to admit wearing a South Park t shirt was probably not the best choice for the occasion. But that's me of course.

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    USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 16, 2014

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    Seeing the Might Mo standing guard in Pearl Harbor is quite an experience also. This was the last American battleship built and the last to be decommissioned. The surrender of the Japanese took place on the deck of the USS Missouri. The ship had a 50 year career. It was used in three wars and had three generations of Americans who served on it's decks. It's a fitting symbol to see while standing over the remains of the USS Arizona.

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    Finding the names - USS Arizona Memorial

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 16, 2014

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    Much like the Viet Nam memorial in Washington DC, looking at the names of the lost at the USS Memorial brings a personal effect to the memory of the war. People came and stood and stared at the names looking for a familiar last name or a personal family member. I did find my last name Sampson on the list of names. I don't know if it was a direct family connection or not. I doubt it is. But it did give me a personal connection to the memorial and the moment.

    Finding a Sampson

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  • USS Arizona Memorial

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The USS Arizona Memorial is positioned above the sunken battleship honoring the 2000 plus service men and women who perished on December 7, 1941. There is a museum and movie that you watch before you depart on the boat that takes you to the memorial. The movie is very informational and takes you back to what it was like in 1941.

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    USS Arizona Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 13, 2013

    December 7, 2008 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States' entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii with over 1,500,000 visitors The memorial, dedicated in 1962, spans the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Since it opened in 1980, the National Park Service has operated the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center associated with the memorial. Historical information about the attack, boat access to the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the center. The 19,585 pound anchor of the Arizona is displayed at the entrance of the visitor center.

    opens: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

    admission is free but you have to line early for the tickets in going to the USS Arizona Memorial as they only have timed programs starting from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm everyday

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    three main parts to the national memorial: entry, assembly room, and shrine. At the entry, visitors pass one of the battleship's two bells. The central assembly room features seven large open windows on either wall and ceiling, to commemorate the date of the attack. It also contains an opening in the floor overlooking the sunken decks of the oil-seeping wreck. (The oil seeping is sometimes referred to as "black tears" or "the tears of the Arizona". It is from this opening that visitors come to pay their respects by tossing flowers and lei in honor of the fallen sailors. Every President of the United States since Franklin D. Roosevelt, and every Emperor of Japan since Hirohito, has made a pilgrimage to the site. The shrine at the far end is a marble wall that bears the names of all those killed on the USS Arizona, protected behind velvet ropes. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. Every day a different flag is raised, the previous day's flag folded and given to special persons.

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    USS Arizona Memorial (2)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 13, 2013

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    December 7, 2008 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States' entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii with over 1,500,000 visitors The memorial, dedicated in 1962, spans the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Since it opened in 1980, the National Park Service has operated the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center associated with the memorial. Historical information about the attack, boat access to the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the center. The 19,585 pound anchor of the Arizona is displayed at the entrance of the visitor center.

    opens: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

    admission is free but you have to line early for the tickets in going to the USS Arizona Memorial as they only have timed programs starting from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm everyday

    according to their website:

    three main parts to the national memorial: entry, assembly room, and shrine. At the entry, visitors pass one of the battleship's two bells. The central assembly room features seven large open windows on either wall and ceiling, to commemorate the date of the attack. It also contains an opening in the floor overlooking the sunken decks of the oil-seeping wreck. (The oil seeping is sometimes referred to as "black tears" or "the tears of the Arizona". It is from this opening that visitors come to pay their respects by tossing flowers and lei in honor of the fallen sailors. Every President of the United States since Franklin D. Roosevelt, and every Emperor of Japan since Hirohito, has made a pilgrimage to the site. The shrine at the far end is a marble wall that bears the names of all those killed on the USS Arizona, protected behind velvet ropes. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. Every day a different flag is raised, the previous day's flag folded and given to special persons.

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    Ko Olina Lagoons

    by Samantha0721 Written Feb 28, 2005

    Ko Olina is one of the most beautiful spots in Hawaii. There are five lagoons here with limited parking at each one which makes these beaches delightfully uncrowded. However, because of this getting to the lagoons early is a must, especialy on weekends. The waves are minimal, the snorkeling is fair, and at some of the lagoons there are free chaises to use.

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    Sea Life Park

    by Samantha0721 Written Mar 1, 2005

    The ticket prices are a little high for what you get, but with a military discount you get a good rate. We go here a lot, it's a very beautiful drive from our home. The windward side of the island is lush and gorgeous. There are several shows throughout the day with dolphins and sea lions. You can feed honu (sea turtles) and sea lions for $2. There is a gigantic aquarium that the kids seem to love. You can swim with the dolphins here, snorkel with the stingrays, and have your picture taken underwater with the fish for an extra fee.

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    Polynesian Cultural Center

    by Samantha0721 Written Mar 18, 2005

    A great place to go, plan on spending two days there. You simply can't see everything and participate in all the activites in one day. You will get two days admission with your regular ticket. The evening show is the best on the island by far. The Luau is all you can eat, no alcohol, and very good. A great intro to the Polynesian islands!

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    Memorial over sunken USS Arizona

    by lashr1999 Written Dec 6, 2004

    The Memorial over sunken USS Arizona is a must visit. Before you take a boat ride to the memorial you are given a chance to see the museum and then view a short movie about the war. When at the memorial you can see the top of the sunken battleship as well as the striking wall of names.

    Memorial over sunken USS Arizona
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