Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii serves as a central gathering place for the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National is the home to the USS Arizona Memorial that is dedicated to the one of the most momentous moments in US history - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into the Second World War.
The Monument interprets and preserves the stories of the Pacific War, ranging from the battles in the Aleutians to the internment of Japanese Americans. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (VALR) operates the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which is the portal for all visitors to see the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the USS Utah Memorial. The Monument is also home to parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row and draws more than 1.8 million visitors each year from around the world.
1.The USS Arizona Memorial
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The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, where 1,177 crewmen were killed on December 7th, 1941, when the ship they were living and working on was bombed by the Japanese Naval Forces during the battle of Pearl Harbor. The Memorial is the final resting place for these souls.
2.Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
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The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is at the core of the Monument and the base from which all tours in and around the monument begin. Tickets to the Visitor Center can be purchased at the Aloha Court, and visitors can receive information about everything there is to see and do at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Two exhibit galleries take visitors on a journey back in time with displays such as ‘Road to War’ and ‘Attack’ which highlight the events that led up to the attack on Oahu and its aftermath with a variety of artifacts from the battle, dramatic photographs, and personal memorabilia.
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater shows a 23-minute documentary film about the attack on Pearl Harbor as part of the USS Arizona Memorial guided tour, where guests can watch the events that unfolded on the 7th December 1941 before taking a boat trip to the Memorial.
Interpretive wayside exhibits can be found throughout the facility that enables visitors to connect with the past and imagine the experiences of that horrific day through detailed images of Pearl Harbor as it was in 1941. The exhibit features incredible images that are superimposed onto panoramic pictures of the busy port as it appears today.
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The Remembrance Circle is an exhibit that honors both the military and civilian men, women, and children who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and features a bronze 3-D map of Oahu and their names listed in gold lettering on a Medal of Honor plaque.
The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument offers a variety of education programs run by an on-site training team called ParkEDU made up of NPS rangers and education specialists. Education programs include field trips which immerse students in the history and culture of Pearl Harbor, the science of preservation, and the importance of community. Educational programs are aligned with the educational curriculum, distance learning programs, and professional development.
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The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is located at 1 Arizona Memorial Place in Honolulu and is open to the public every day of the week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Operated by the National Park Service, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the USS Arizona Memorial guided tour program, and the two museums are free for visitors. Guided tours to the USS Arizona Memorial last for about an hour and include a short but comprehensive documentary film in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theater, and a boat ride and 15-minute visit to the memorial.
The USS Oklahoma Memorial and USS Utah Memorial are located on Ford Island, and visitors can get to the USS Oklahoma Memorial via a shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, however, the USS Utah Memorial is only available to those with military base access.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has a bookstore with hundreds of book titles relating to the Pacific War effort, as well as audio recordings, posters, videos, and other mementos relating to the USS Arizona, the attack on Oahu, and War in the Pacific.
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1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808-422-3399
Things to Do in Hawaii: World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument