Historic Sites • Military Bases & Facilities
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- Excellent and well done. Our group of six booked our own tour that included the Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri, Aviation Museum and Bowfin submarine. The boat ticket that you need to take the shuttle over to the Arizona is very confusing to get and it’s only a dollar. The information on that part is poor. Otherwise it is excellent to see and very much worth it. There is a volunteer over at the memorial who told us lots of stories and information about that day that almost had me in tears. He was amazing and we all loved listening to him. Go early! We did not experience heavy crowds at all and it gets very hot over there touring the USS Missouri but very interesting as well and lots of volunteers to ask questions if you do your own tour. It was then suggested by the Bowfin reception desk to do the aviation museum over on Ford Island next before doing the Bowfin and they provide a bus to. It was very interesting as well. We returned to do the Bowfin and were advised it was closed but they didn’t tell us that when we first going to go tour it….. disappointed about that. If you arrive at the entry gates exactly at 8am, turn around and face away from the gates for the national anthem. Do not bring big bags or purses. You cannot take them in. You can take in a see thru nap sac or you must check your bag or purse for $6. Well worth the visit and it will take at least half a day or more. Our Arizona tour was at 9am first and we stopped for lunch after touring the Missouri. It is very hot out there.Written 2 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- While most people think of the beautiful Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, there are other areas of interest on this Oahu Army post. Of significance is the ongoing construction of the new headquarters for US Army Pacific. Many of the old wooden buildings along Palm Circle will eventually vacate while folks transition over to the new HQ building. The golf course on Shafter is undergoing renovations but the thrift shop is one of the best on the island. The exchange continues to stock the necessities but it is hoped that they will enlarge to accomodate the new HQ building as well. Fort Shafter was established in 1907 and is a lovely post to see when on Oahu.Written 11 December 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Ford Island’s coastline was home to nine of the Navy’s battleships. Seaplanes were based here as well. Access to the island is a controlled entry point on the bridge. Before the bridge was built, the only way to get off and on was by ferry. It is open to military and DoD personnel and those who are a part of a tour group. On the island are several naval facilities, the Navy Inn, military housing, Nob Hill, Luke Field, and Hospital Point. It also has four main groups of military housing: Nob Hill, Luke Field, and Battleship Cove. Ancient Hawaiians used this place for a fertility ritual. The Hawaiians called it Moku’ume’ume and could be thought of one of the first incidents of mate swapping. However, the ancient Hawaiians believed this practice to be a means to increase the birth rate.Written 29 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Located on the corner of Pearl Harbor Blvd and North Road near Bravo Pier, this memorial is dedicated to all of the ships sunk or damaged during the Pearl Harbor attacks. It was dedicated in 1992 ands consists of 12 metal and glass markers rising from a shallow pool. Each marker denotes a ship and gives a brief summary of what to it after the attack. This monument seems a bit neglected and could use some repair and good cleaning. Base access is needed to visit.Written 30 April 2019
- Honolulu is a now multicultural paradise but at one time it was home to a concentration camp imprisoning nearly 1,000 American citizens. The camp was known as jigoku dani or “Hell Valley” to those imprisoned there for nearly four years.
In 1943, the Honouliuli Internment Camp was constructed on Oahu to intern American citizens, resident aliens, and prisoners of war. It was divided by barbed wire into sections, intended to separate internees by gender, nationality, and military or civilian status.
Once known as jigoku dani or “Hell Valley” by its inhabitants, the internment camp was unique in having detained both prisoners of war and a diverse group of U.S. citizens and resident aliens. The camp ultimately held 4,000 individuals including American citizens of Japanese ancestry, German Americans, Koreans, Okinawans, Italians, Taiwanese as well as Japanese, German and Italian POWs.
The remains of the Honouliuli POW Camp site was discovered by volunteers from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i in 2002. For the past decade the JCC has worked tirelessly to have the site designated a National Monument, raising funds and organizing petition drives to increase awareness of the site and it's history.
President Barack Obama announced the designation of Honouliuli National Monument by Presidential Proclamation on February 19, 2015. Honouliuli National Monument is a new national park unit without formal services and programs at this time.Written 6 April 2015