FAQs – Questions about Pearl Harbor

Visiting Pearl Harbor

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There are no Pearl Harbor military discounts for visiting the USS Arizona Memorial. This applies to both active duty and veterans. All visitors have the same policy regarding Arizona Memorial Tickets. If you are active duty, you may drive to Ford Island to visit the USS Utah Memorial, which is not included on any tours. […]

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Pearl Harbor Visitors Center The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is very accessible for visitors with disabilities. There is reserved accessible parking in the front lot, which is a short distance from the entrance. The restrooms, movie theater, exhibit galleries, bookstore, information desk and drinking fountains, Navy shuttle boats, and all three rooms of the USS Arizona Memorial […]

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While not as big as the Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, there are Memorial Day events at Pearl Harbor. Generally, it begins with a flag raising and bell ringing ceremony. In the past, survivors have been on site, but that may not happen again. There have been flag ceremonies, book signings and Memorial Day events at […]

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The question, “How long does it take to tour Pearl Harbor?” can have several different answers. For our purposes, we are referring to the sightseeing tours of the historical sites and museums at Pearl Harbor. Remember, Pearl Harbor is an active Navy base. The most popular thing to see at Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona Memorial. A […]

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Yes you can. There is a cruise ship—operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)—that travels between the Hawaiian Islands. Passengers on this cruise have the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor. Bear in mind that cruise ships are notorious for overcharging for activities and putting passengers on large buses with 50 other people. Most of our Pearl Harbor tours are in small […]

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This is a good question, and as you might expect, which Pearl Harbor tour to choose depends on what you are interested in seeing. If you are really into history, choose a tour that includes the most sites. If Pearl Harbor is a site you feel obligated to visit, but doesn’t interest you very much, you may […]

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The short answer is yes. Usually you are able to drive yourself to Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor has a parking lot where you can park a private car. There are a few things to note before making this decision. Tours to Pearl Harbor include both transportation and professional narration. The guide will help you to make […]

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Everything about Pearl Harbor is family friendly. The deciding factor for many families is how long the kids can spend touring. Some families prefer to spend the entire day at Pearl Harbor and relax at the beach on the following day. They take the Pearl Harbor Memorial Tour to make sure they see it all. Others opt […]

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Generally, guides do not accompany visitors on the USS Arizona Memorial or the shuttle boat to the memorial. It is a place for solemn, quiet remembrance of the men who died for their country. The National Park Service discourages guides from accompanying visitors to the Memorial in order to keep the volume down and allow […]

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Pearl Harbor is located on Oahu, but if you are staying on a neighbor island, we offer Pearl Harbor tours from Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. These tours include round-trip airfare and pickup from Honolulu International Airport, which is only 10 minutes from Pearl Harbor. Often referred to as one-day tours or inter-island tours, a Pearl […]

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If you haven’t yet read What’s included in a tour of Pearl Harbor? please check that out as well. Tours of Pearl Harbor do NOT include: Gratuity – All tours in Hawaii do not include gratuity unless stated otherwise. Tour guides work for tips, so please consider the effort that they put into your safety and entertainment as […]

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What most people mean by Pearl Harbor tickets is the 75-minute National Park program that includes a 23-minute historical film and a round-trip boat ride to board the USS Arizona Memorial. To clarify, those are Arizona Memorial tickets. Pearl Harbor has many sites requiring tickets in addition to the Arizona Memorial. These include the Battleship Missouri, […]

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There are several reasons for the increasing number of visitors and the growing popularity Pearl Harbor as a tourist destination. We’ve been working with Pearl Harbor visitors since the 1990s. At the time, there were only the Bowfin submarine and the USS Arizona Memorial. Today, there are more sites and the Pearl Harbor memorials are getting more and more popular. […]

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We strongly recommend that you book your Pearl Harbor reservations before you arrive in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is the busiest attraction in Hawaii and the tickets are limited. The US Navy shuttle boat that takes visitors to the Arizona Memorial only has a capacity of 150 people at a time. There are thousands of visitors […]

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Pearl Harbor is on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. The nearest airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Tours to Pearl Harbor are available from other islands for those staying on Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai.

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It was once possible to take a boat tour to Pearl Harbor and see the Arizona Memorial from the water. Now, commercial vessels are not allowed in the harbor. The change in policy was made after September 11, 2001, when security at all military bases was heightened. Currently, the only way to see the Arizona Memorial from […]

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The USS Utah Memorial is located on the west side of Ford Island, while the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri are on the east side of Ford Island. The USS Utah Memorial is not included on any tours to Pearl Harbor. It can only be visited by those with military ID who drive themselves […]

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It is absolutely OK to bring kids to Pearl Harbor. In fact, it is one of the best things that you can do with your kids in Hawaii. Why? Pearl Harbor is a living history lesson. Adults and kids learn more by visiting Pearl Harbor in a couple of hours than they do in a […]

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This might be hard to believe, but the USS Arizona Memorial admission is free. The reason that it’s free is that the USS Arizona is a cemetery. The men who died on the Arizona are still there. It may sound too good to be true. And as they say, it usually is. One must be very […]

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The historic sites at Pearl Harbor keep getting better. At first, there was only the Arizona Memorial. Then the Bowfin Submarine Museum was built. Shortly after the Admiral Clarey Bridge to Ford Island was completed, the USS Missouri came to Pearl Harbor and is docked at Ford Island. The newest museum is the Pacific Aviation Museum. […]

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Pearl Harbor is open daily from 7am to 5pm.  It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. There are no special holiday hours observed at Pearl Harbor.

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The fee for baggage storage at Pearl Harbor is $4.00. There are two storage options: Standard: $3.00 flat rate fee per bag of any size. Locked Storage: $3.00 for smaller bags Bags are not permitted at Pearl Harbor. This means no items that allow concealment including: back-packs purses fanny packs camera bags or large cameras luggage […]

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Arizona Memorial tickets are included with all of our Pearl Harbor tours. There is a special system for authorized tour companies to reserve your tickets in advance so you don’t have to wait in line at Pearl Harbor. Some guests prefer to visit Pearl Harbor on their own. They often arrive before 6:00am to ensure […]

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You arrive at Pearl Harbor ready to experience the site of one of the most important days in United States history, only to find that it is super-crowded and there are no tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial left. If it makes you feel any better, you’re not the first person to go through this. It’s actually […]

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Yes. The general public can visit Pearl Harbor for the December 7th Ceremony. The ceremonies are different every year so you should check back if you plan to go. Many visitors who go to the December 7th Ceremony have expressed regret because they were unable to get tickets to visit the Arizona Memorial. If you have […]

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You can find the details of our cancellation policy here.

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Guests staying in Waikiki are picked up at their hotel or at a nearby hotel. Tour pick-up locations are always within a short walking distance of your hotel. After you book your tour, we will email you a voucher with the specific pick-up location and time. Your voucher will also have instructions for finding the […]

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Most Pearl Harbor tours depart from Waikiki. If you’re staying in a private residence or at a hotel outside of Waikiki there are other options. Sometimes it makes sense to drive or get a ride to Waikiki and start your tour from there. If you choose this option, it’s best to park at Ala Moana […]

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In general, it is always wise to book tours and activities in Hawaii ahead of your arrival. Too many visitors wait until they’ve left home to make reservations, only to find that tours are sold out. Today, research can easily be done in advance. We have all the answers to your questions about Pearl Harbor. Cancelling is […]

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History

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Actually, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was not only from the air. They also employed so-called midget submarines, although those were largely unsuccessful. The vast majority of the attack was by air. The mastermind of the attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, decided that an air attack would provide the greatest damage to the US Pacific Fleet with […]

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The USS Arizona is the final resting place for hundreds of sailors. The Navy decided to leave them and their ship where they were after an inspection a few months after the attack. It was determined that there was so much damage that the ship was a total loss and could not be salvaged, although some parts from […]

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Several individuals and organizations raised funds to build the Arizona Memorial. National Park rangers at Pearl Harbor are often asked, “Did Elvis Presley pay for the Arizona Memorial?” The answer is that he did not pay for the entire memorial but he did contribute. Elvis Presley held a benefit concert at Bloch Arena to raise […]

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Right now you are probably thinking that this is a ridiculous question. Actually, it’s not. There is a good chance that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was given cocaine before his famous “Day of Infamy” speech. On December 7th and 8th, FDR was suffering from a severe sinus infection. His doctor and friend Ross T. McIntire was […]

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Construction of the USS Arizona Memorial began in 1960. The  memorial was built over the next two years and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30th, 1962. The construction was managed by Walker-Moody Construction Company assisted by the Pearl Harbor Public Works Center. While it is meant to look like it is gracefully floating above the sunken […]

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The Officer in Charge of the Pearl Harbor Intercept Center that morning was Lieutenant Kermit Tyler, an army air forces pilot. It was his second day on the job and he thought that the planes spotted on radar were US Army air force B-17 heavy bombers on their way to Hickam Field from California. He […]

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Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7th, 1941. Commander Mitsuo Fuchida gave the order To To To—to deploy into attack formation—at 0749 hrs. The famous order to attack, Tora Tora Tora, was made at 0753 hrs and the attack began. The first attack group struck Pearl Harbor at 0755 hrs.

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The total number of military personnel killed was 2,335, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 army. Added to this were 68 civilians, making the total 2403 people dead. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona. The number of wounded came to 1,143 with 710 navy, 69 marines, and 364 army, as well as 103 civilians. Total […]

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This is a good question, because different sources report different numbers. It seems that there is confusion about how many died on the USS Utah. Some say that 58 enlisted men and 6 officers died on the Utah. Other sources say the total number of those killed, enlisted men and officers combined, was 58. The correct answer […]

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We don’t call it the “Battle of Pearl Harbor,” because it was a surprise attack and almost completely one-sided. Therefore, a more accurate question is, “How long was the attack on Pearl Harbor?” It began with the order to attack (“Tora Tora Tora”) at 0753 hrs. By 0800 hrs the majority of US fighter planes were destroyed. […]

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General

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No. The Arizona Memorial, the Oklahoma Memorial, and the USS Utah Memorial are part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. National Parks and National Monuments differ, but they are both operated by the US National Park Service. Tours to Pearl Harbor are authorized by the National Park Service. The tours that […]

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Pearl Harbor is located on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. You may ask where is Pearl Harbor located in the world. It is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.   Pearl Harbor is near Honolulu International Airport (HNL), and it’s about a 20-minute drive from Waikiki (depending on traffic).

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Pearl Harbor is on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. The nearest airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Tours to Pearl Harbor are available from other islands for those staying on Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai.

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Attack-FAQs

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Actually, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was not only from the air. They also employed so-called midget submarines, although those were largely unsuccessful. The vast majority of the attack was by air. The mastermind of the attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, decided that an air attack would provide the greatest damage to the US Pacific Fleet with […]

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The Officer in Charge of the Pearl Harbor Intercept Center that morning was Lieutenant Kermit Tyler, an army air forces pilot. It was his second day on the job and he thought that the planes spotted on radar were US Army air force B-17 heavy bombers on their way to Hickam Field from California. He […]

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Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7th, 1941. Commander Mitsuo Fuchida gave the order To To To—to deploy into attack formation—at 0749 hrs. The famous order to attack, Tora Tora Tora, was made at 0753 hrs and the attack began. The first attack group struck Pearl Harbor at 0755 hrs.

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The total number of military personnel killed was 2,335, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 army. Added to this were 68 civilians, making the total 2403 people dead. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona. The number of wounded came to 1,143 with 710 navy, 69 marines, and 364 army, as well as 103 civilians. Total […]

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We don’t call it the “Battle of Pearl Harbor,” because it was a surprise attack and almost completely one-sided. Therefore, a more accurate question is, “How long was the attack on Pearl Harbor?” It began with the order to attack (“Tora Tora Tora”) at 0753 hrs. By 0800 hrs the majority of US fighter planes were destroyed. […]

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