A visit to O‘ahu is not complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor but a start at the Arizona Memorial is only the beginning as in-depth historical adventures await at other nearby sites as well as those at the surrounding waterways of Ford Island. Decades after the Pearl Harbor attack, these sites, highlighting battles and the ships and airplanes involved in the Pacific war, bring U.S. History back to life for the millions who visit each year. A Pocket Guide to Pearl Harbor and Ford Island Historic Military Sites shows how to get the most from your excursion to the Arizona Memorial, Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum, the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
From the moment you climb below decks on the “Mighty Mo”, to the somber remembrance of those lost in the December 7, 1941 attacks memorialized above the ruins of the Arizona, each stop on your day at Ford Island and Pearl Harbor will be thoughtfully supplemented by this guide. Stand on the exact location of the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII on the USS Missouri noting unique facts often looked over by visitors, cross the harbor to walk over history above the USS Arizona Memorial, learn how Amelia Earhart left her mark on Hawai‘i’s aviation world, walk through hangars still standing after the Pearl Harbor attacks, or captain a Baleo-class submarine, these and much more during your visit to the Pearl Harbor and Ford Island historic sites.
- Tour Introduction—Planning Your Day
- Ford Island History and Historic Sites
- The USS Missouri
- Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
- The USS Bowfin (BB-63)
- The USS Arizona Memorial and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
- Beyond Ford Island and Pearl Harbor—Significant Military Sites of Oahu
Author: Meloni Courtway with Chris Cook