USS Arizona Memorial
Oil droplets bubble to the surface of Pearl Harbor above the USS Arizona, creating a vivid link to the past. On a quiet Sunday morning December 7, 1941 a Japanese surprise air attack left the Pacific Fleet in smoldering heaps of broken, twisted steel. Here, peace was interrupted and paradise lost. In hours, 2,390 futures were stolen, half of these casualties from the battleship Arizona. Behind the shadows of destroyed airfields, aircraft, and ships, America fought fear, and a determined enemy responding with an unrivaled war effort. An epic battle for democratic ideals and world freedom would bloody the fields of Europe and the islands of the Pacific over the next four years. The USS Arizona Memorial as a national shrine symbolizes American sacrifice and resolve. Through national tragedy, a "sleeping giant awoke" and the United States moved towards its destiny as a global power.
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World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is the portal for all visitors to Pearl Harbor. It consistently ranks among the top three most heavily visited tourist destinations in the state of Hawaii. Visitors should expect heavy visitation throughout the year--but the busiest seasons are during the summer, during the winter holidays and during spring break. Daily visitation is often more than 4,000 visitors.
- The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
- Timed programs to the USS Arizona Memorial begin at 8 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. daily.
The USS Oklahoma Memorial and USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island are open from dawn to dusk. Access to the USS Utah Memorial is through National Park Service chaperoned tours only.
From the Honolulu/Waikiki area, take either Ala Moana Blvd./Nimitz Highway or H-1 Freeway West. While on H-1, look for the USS Arizona/Stadium exit, #15A. The USS Arizona Memorial is located on the shoreline overlooking Pearl Harbor directly off of State Highway 99 (Kamehameha Highway) about a 45-minute drive west of Waikiki.
Honolulu public transit buses stop regularly at the Visitor Center and can be boarded in Waikiki. The #20 and #42 bus will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. A commercial transportation company in Waikiki runs round-trip bus service to the Visitor Center. Various commercial tour bus operators also include the USS Arizona Memorial on their sightseeing itineraries.