Museums in Honolulu: A Self-Guided WWII History Tour
We’re approaching the 77th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which immediately sparked the United States’ involvement in World War II (WWII). Some moments instantly change the course of history, and the attack on Pearl Harbor is one of them. Thousands of people visit Pearl Harbor each year to pay tribute, absorb history, and witness the remains of that fateful day. Prince Waikiki, one of the most illustrious Hawaii hotels, urges guests to visit Pearl Harbor for a full day of history, remembrance, and wonder.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941, is an important day in human history. The morning after the attack, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a declaration of war against Imperial Japan, kickstarting a chain of events that would eventually lead to an Allied victory. Despite the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent battles with the Axis powers, the U.S. and Japan have had a healthy political relationship for decades.
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu’s top attraction, is only a ten-mile cab ride from Prince Waikiki. This sunken battleship was bombed just 15 minutes into the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona is the only battleship that wasn’t fully recovered during the aftermath due to the severity of the ship’s destruction. Tourists can visit the USS Arizona Memorial for free, 362 days a year. The ship rests in 40 feet underwater near Ford Island. A memorial was constructed above the USS Arizona in 1962. The free program lasts approximately 75 minutes and includes a documentary, boat ride, and ample time to explore the memorial. Check the National Park Service’s website for up-to-the-minute information on memorial repairs and closures.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Also on Ford Island, you’ll discover the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a symbol of valor, victory, and peace. This WWII battleship was the site of Imperial Japan’s surrender in 1945. “Big Mo” fought in many important WWII battles, including Iwa Jima and Okinawa. Big Mo would later be utilized in the Korean War (1950-1953) and Operation Desert Storm (1991). Visitors can now embark on a guided tour inside the battleship. After a guided tour through the “surrender deck,” engine rooms, gun turrets, damage control, and fire rooms, you’re free to explore every crevice.
Must-Visit Museums in Honolulu
There are nearly a dozen quintessential WWII stops on Oahu, including the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific, USS Oklahoma, Pacific Aviation Museum, U.S. Army Museum, and USS Bowfin Submarine. Families and groups often spend several days exploring Honolulu’s rich WWII history. Don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable concierge about directions and additional tidbits on Honolulu’s best WWII memorials.
When you’re not fully immersing yourself in the area’s engrossing history, take advantage of the deluxe amenities at ocean-view Prince Waikiki. We pride ourselves in offering a world-class luxury experience in the heart of the city. You’ll always be a short stroll from several of the best things to do in Waikiki, including Ala Moana Center, Pow! Wow! Street Art, and Kahanamoku Beach. We’re one of the few Hawaii hotels that provide a lavish infinity pool, in-room dining, and exclusive golf discounts. Give us a call at 1-855-622-7558 to learn more about what makes Prince Waikiki so incredibly unique.