USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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USS Arizona Memorial

Hawaii

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Overview

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.

Map of USS Arizona

Latitude, Longitude: 21.364877, -157.949988

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center offers a variety of exhibits, movies and tours. In December 2010, two new museum galleries opened to the public. Entitled "Road to War" and "Attack", the galleries intend to bring visitors closer to the sights and sounds of the events leading up to the Attack on Oahu and its aftermath. These galleries are brought to life through personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs, artifacts of the battle and other exhibits. Kiosks are available to hear history from those who witnessed it.

    Tours are available and allow access to the USS Arizona Memorial. Receive a free timed ticket upon entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

    Visitors assemble at the Contemplation Circle for a brief orientation by a Park Ranger. This is followed by a shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial. The tour of the USS Arizona Memorial includes an orientation, a short boat trip and a self-guided exploration of the memorial. There are no public restroom facilities on the memorial. Within the memorial itself, visitors will see three distinct areas:

    1) The Entry Room holds flags of the nine states for whom the eight battleships and the USS Utah were named. The USS Utah still rests in Pearl Harbor and is memorialized on the far side of Ford Island.

    2) The Assembly Room is an open area where ceremonies are held and visitors may reflect and more closely examine the shadowy remains of the USS Arizona below.

    3) The Shrine Room holds the great marble wall with the names of the 1,177 sailors and marines that perished on the USS Arizona. The Shrine Room also honors the USS Arizona survivors who have chosen to be interred along with their shipmates.

    Visitors can expect up to a 3-hour delay for their program to begin during the summer months, but less during the fall, winter, and spring. It is important to arrive early to be assured of a program ticket. There are 30 scheduled programs daily with seating for 150 people in each program. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center receives an average of 4,500 visitors per day and 1.5 million visitors annually.

Seasonality/Weather

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.

  1. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  2. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
  3. 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.

Directions

Driving

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(808) 422-0561

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