After nine hours flight across the globe, I had a stopover in Hawaii for a day. It was a last minute announcement that we have to stay overnight. First thing I did, I called the hotel and make a reservation or if you have a friend around the area ask them a favor if you can crash at their place for few hours.
Staff are all friendly and provide quick airport shuttle to and from. This hotel is located near the airport with growing traffic, if you don’t like the sound of cars this is not the ideal place for you. They also have pool and breakfast but never got the chance to used it, just had a one night to catch a flight the next morning.
After I got checked in, went to bed and tried to get some more sleep. I’m so tired and exhausted and I needed some rest.
Now that I’m fully rested (slept for 2 hours), I headed out and took the taxi to visit the Pearl Harbor historic site.
USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL
The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu was the action that led to the United States’ direct involvement in World War II.
The USS Arizona Memorial begins at Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater. It includes a brief introduction, a 23-minute documentary film, and a Navy-operated shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial.
The “Mighty Mo” was the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. The best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.
USS Bowfin by Karen Johnson
USS Bowfin a Balao-class submarine, was a boat of the United States Navy named for the bowfin fish. Since 1981, she has been open to public tours at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Pearl Harbor Museum by Karen Johnson
The monument at the site of the Arizona is haunting, with the ship still there intact. Seeing the oil continue to seep up from the ship to the surface of the water makes it that much more real. That tells you how devastating it might have been that day. I get a little emotional when I tour Pearl Harbor, the Arizona, and the Missouri. To all the veterans, active duties and my husband, thank you so much for your bravery and your service to this country!
MOUNT TANTALUS ROUND TOP
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