The Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Tour from Ko Olina will take you from the starting point of America’s involvement in World War II, when Japanese aircraft sank the USS Arizona, to the ending point on board the USS Missouri, where Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender. These popular Pearl Harbor attractions are known as the “bookends of World War II in the Pacific.”
As you journey from Ko Olina, listen to the history of Pearl Harbor as told by your professional guide. When you reach the home of the United States Pacific Fleet, you can go straight to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center without having to stand in line for tickets. The exhibits and artifacts in the museum aid in visualizing the significance of the Pearl Harbor attack. In the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, you’ll see a 23-minute documentary film with footage captured on December 7, 1941, helping to set the tone before heading to the USS Arizona Memorial.
As the Navy shuttle boat motors closer to the USS Arizona Memorial, you can see the stark contrast of the pure white structure to the wreckage below. A heartbreaking 1177 crew members remain inside the USS Arizona, which sank after taking four hits from Japanese bombs. Take a moment of silence to honor the fallen heroes in front of the Remembrance Wall. The USS Arizona’s tanks were filled with nearly 1.5 million gallons of fuel when the attack occurred. Surprisingly, the oil continues to slowly leak into the harbor. You’ll be able to see these “Black Tears of the Arizona” as the oil dissipates into iridescent patterns on the surface of the water.
Admission and a fully-guided tour on board the Battleship Missouri is included and is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. This battleship traveled to Tokyo Bay to accept Japan’s surrender. You’ll get to stand on the Surrender Deck where the signing of the documents that ended World War II on September 2, 1945 took place. The “Mighty Mo,” with her massive gun turrets, went on to earn 11 battle stars for service in various wars before finally docking at Pearl Harbor in 1998.
After a memorable day at Pearl Harbor, relax in air conditioned comfort as you learn more about Hawaii’s history and culture. Your guide will point out landmarks such as the Hawaii State Capitol Building, ‘Iolani Palace, and the King Kamehameha I Statue.
Before returning to the resort, experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. Leading up to the memorial are the Courts of the Missing where the names of the missing Americans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are inscribed. This military cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of those who have served in the United States military, including a number of Pearl Harbor casualties.
The Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Tour from Ko Olina will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Tour from Ko Olina
- Live historical narration by expert guide on your drive to Pearl Harbor
- Watch a film with dramatic footage of the actual attack
- Board Navy shuttle to the Arizona Memorial
- See the U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters building
- Visit the Arizona Memorial WWII museum
- See the “Black Tears of the Arizona”
- Experience the “Mighty Mo” – Battleship Missouri
- Stand on the Surrender Deck of Missouri where WWII ended
- See the USS Oklahoma Memorial
- Learn about Hawaii’s history and culture
- Visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific (drive-through)
- See ‘Iolani Palace, Hawaii State Capitol Building, and the King Kamehameha I Statue