DAY 3 O'AHU
Today, seize the opportunity to explore the island further. A must-see is Pearl Harbor. Named for the pearl oysters once harvested there, it’s the largest natural harbor in Hawaii, a World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark. Highlight is the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which consists of 9 historic locations in 3 of the westernmost United States – California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Of these, five are located within Pearl Harbor itself: the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row. Here, you’ll learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. Just a 30-minute drive east, nothing is far away on O’ahu, is Kualoa, a private nature reserve, as well as a popular tourist attraction and filming location of movies such as Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Jumanji, and Jurassic Park. Tours are available at the park where movie buffs can learn about the filming locations as well as the stunning natural environment of Kualoa.
Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)
PEARL HARBOR – USS ARIZONA – HONOLULU CITY TOUR (HNL-HOCT):
This unforgettable tour begins with a visit to the Arizona Memorial commemorating the victims of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. The visitor exhibits provide historic details about the attack and memorialize the hundreds of American servicemen entombed in the sunken battleship underneath the site. Featured Attractions: Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific, Iolani Palace, State Capitol and Washington Place, King Kamehameha Statue, Kawaiahao Church and Mission Houses.