This day trip from Maui to Pearl Harbor is easily one of the most moving and dramatic days you can spend in Hawaii. After the 30-minute flight from Maui to Oahu, tour the historic grounds of Pearl Harbor where Japanese bombers emptied their payloads on America’s Pacific fleet. Walk the decks of the USS Missouri where the Japanese armistice was signed. Peer over the side of the ship, and it’s still possible to see the dents from kamikaze bombers. This historic battleship was in active service until after Desert Storm, and dramatic details of its military service are told on the guided tour.
After the guided tour of Pearl Harbor, the tour continues with a historic journey through downtown Honolulu. Highlights include:
• Iolani Palace—the only royal palace on American soil
• The Mission House Museum
• Kawaihao Church
• The famous statue of King Kamehameha
• Waikiki Beach
• Honolulu Hale
• Punchbowl Crater
• Nu’uanu Rainforest and Pali Lookout
• Diamond Head Crater (if time permits)
Before returning to the Honolulu airport for the return flight to Maui, you’ll take a moment to remember the fallen at the Punchbowl National Cemetery. This also includes a short stop at the dramatic Courts of the Missing.