Oahu’s past comes to life as you experience two distinct yet equally important periods in Hawaii’s history with our knowledgeable and friendly guide.
During this tour we visit the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. After you spent a morning at Pearl Harbor, we will take on a drive to downtown Honolulu’s historic sites which give you a chance to know the history of Pearl Harbor and Hawaii throughout your day.
A visit to the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center will remind you about the sailors who lost their lives during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Our expert guides will narrate the history behind the site of the attacks.
We start at Pearl Harbor where you will come face to face with the dramatic and tragic events of December 7, 1941 when the Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on Oahu. The USS Arizona took a direct hit, sank within minutes, and 1,177 seamen went down with their ship. Watch these historic events unfold during the 23-minute documentary complete with original archival footage of that fateful morning.
Next, remember these lost heroes as you cross the harbor in a Navy vessel en-route to the USS Arizona Memorial which is suspended over the sunken battleship. Step aboard the iconic white Memorial and take in the quiet and reverential environment. You are now standing over the Arizona hull, the final resting place for those brave seamen. In the Shrine Room, their names and ranks are inscribed in marble. Look into the water and note the oil drops – “The Black Tears of the Arizona” – that still rise to the surface from the battleship hull after nearly eight decades.
Back at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the museum houses the Road to War and Attack galleries with compelling museum displays, photos, memorabilia, and authentic wartime artifacts and contemplative open spaces designed with the country’s fallen soldiers in mind. Lastly we visit an excellent bookstore gift shop featuring WWII memorabilia, books, and souvenirs.
After Pearl Harbor, our tour continues to Historic Downtown Honolulu where famous buildings recall Hawaii’s time as a royal kingdom. Our expert guide will point out famous architectural landmarks like Iolani Palace (built by Hawaii’s last reigning king), Kawaiahao Church, and the statue of King Kamehameha the Great who united the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1810 as your shuttle returns you to Waikiki.
We cannot be held responsible for and cannot extend financial reimbursement for delays caused by factors such as traffic, weather, mechanical issues, or problems concerning Navy-operated shuttle boats. Ticketed access to the Arizona Memorial is first-come first-served, we cannot guarantee admission and cannot issue refunds if access to any tour stop is denied for any reason.
Pick ups available from a variety of Waikiki Hotels and Resorts
Changes and cancellations are allowed up to 48 hours prior to tour commencement without penalty. No-shows and changes or cancellations within 48 hours are subject to a full charge. No refunds are available once a tour has commenced.