The adventure begins the moment you step into our comfortable van and our expert guide recounts the events leading up to December 7, 1941 when Japanese forces attacked the U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, causing a stunning loss of life and sweeping the nation into WWII.
Arriving at Pearl Harbor, your first stop is the USS Arizona Memorial which features a 23-minute documentary dedicated to the attack followed by a short Navy boat ride out to the Memorial. The iconic white Memorial suspended over the sunken Arizona remains is a place of solemn remembrance and contemplation. Here you'll witness the names of the 1, 177 heroes etched in marble in the Shrine Room and note the oil droplets -- "Black Tears of the Arizona" -- floating on the harbor surface as they continue to leak from the sunken battleship below.
We visit the USS Bowfin Submarine -- "The Pearl Harbor Avenger" -- launched one year after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1942. The Bowfin completed nine patrols and sank 44 enemy ships during WWII, contributing to the submarine service's reputation as "The Silence Service." Go aboard and experience the tight crew quarters. Tour the museum filled with thousands of WWII era artifacts and exhibits. And visit the Waterfront Park which pays tribute to the 52 submarines and over 3,500 crewmen lost during WWII.
The tour continues at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Walk the deck and stand where World War II ended when the Japanese surrender unconditionally while the ship was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. The "Mighty Mo" was the last U.S. battleship ever built and served in three wars over five decades. Note the massive guns capable of firing shells over 20 miles and visit the bridge for amazing views from the Captain's Chair.
Visit the Road to War and Attack Galleries at the museum at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where dramatic photography and battle artifacts bring the attack to life in great detail. Visit the grounds and stop at the interpretive wayside exhibits that invite you to imagine the December 7, 1941 attack.
The tour concludes with a driving tour of Historic Downtown Honolulu and a look at important landmarks associated with Hawaii's rich royal past. Learn about Hawaii's time as a kingdom and former monarchs while viewing Iolani Palace, the statue of King Kamehameha I, and Aliiolani Hale, which is featured in the current TV version of Hawaii Five-O.