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Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor

How long does it take to see what there is to see there? The main item on my list is the Arizona memorial but I don't even know what all else there is to take in.

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If you will look to the right hand side of this page, you will see Pearl Harbor Museums. That will give you a good idea of what all is available to see.

You can spend as little as a couple of hours and as much as a full day depending on what you decide to see.

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Two hours for USS Arizona Memorial. The tour is 1 hour 15 minutes. Add another 45 minutes for the artifacts inside & outside of the Visitors Center. If you make advanced reservation, you have to pick up the tickets at least an hour before your tour starts. Advanced reservations are $1.50 each for service charge. Tickets are free.

www.recreation.gov/tourDetails.do…

USS Missouri about 2 hours including shuttle time to & back from USS Missouri on Ford Island.

About 2 hours for Pacific Aviation Museum including shuttle time to Ford Island.

USS Bowfin (submarine) about 1 hour. It is right next to the visitors center.

Edited: 23 November 2013, 01:07
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It really depends on what you want to see. There is so much there. You might find something super fascinating and get stuck there and lose all track of time, as we did when we first arrived and ended up at the Waterfront Memorial with all the plaques telling what happened to the submarines.

We skipped the USS Bowfin and the USS Missouri this visit and still we didn't get finished before 1:30pm. By then it was starting to get quite hot. If you want to visit either of the boats mentioned above, you probably want to try and plan them for early morning. But you likely want to schedule your visit out to USS Arizona memorial for around the same time, so.. it is a tricky one in my opinion.

I think if and when we visit again, I would actually like to schedule in two days for Pearl Harbor and do it properly, and see everything there is to see there. If I had to do it all in one day, I would schedule it like this -

- book ahead of time online for the USS Arizona Memorial and book for an 8:30am tour

- make sure you get a good breakfast before you head off - whether that be cereal in your hotel room or going somewhere to get it, but bear in mind this will be super early and you will want to be in your taxi or rental car by 6:30am to get to Pearl Harbor for 7am. I would go with cereal if you can.

- get there for the 7am opening - you will probably have to get a taxi (around $50-60US from Waikiki) or rent a car to get there this early but this place is so incredibly beautiful first thing in the morning and much cooler, it is worth budgeting for it in my opinion.

- Put your cellphone to silent - vibrate only - for your entire visit here.

- pick up the tickets for your USS Arizona Memorial tour first thing when you arrive - you must collect them at least one hour before your scheduled tour but it can be earlier than one hour.

- visit the USS Bowfin keeping an eye on the time and remembering you have to be at the theatre for your USS Arizona Memorial tour 10 minutes beforehand - set a silent/vibrate alarm on your phone for this - the sub tour will take about an hour.

- On your way back to the theatre for USS Arizona, if you have time visit the waterfront memorial near the USS Bowfin with all the submarine stories, this really puts what you just saw on the USS Bowfin into perspective. Bear in mind though, we spent a good 50 minutes here just reading these plaques.

- Take your tour out to USS Arizona. Make sure to ask the Navy staff if they did not clearly announce it - which they likely did as you arrive at the memorial - what time they want you back on the boat and set a *silent* e.g. vibrate only cell phone alarm for this so you do not miss your boat back. They do not make announcements on the memorial that your boat is leaving. It is up to you to make sure you do not miss it.

- When you return you will likely visit the Circle of Contemplation and sit and think for a little bit. There are also some things to read and see there.

- If you now decide you want to visit the USS Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum, grab your tickets for that and then head over to the shuttle to Ford Island

- Depending on the time of day and the weather, I would suggest visiting the Missouri first - the Pacific Aviation Museum has one large air-conditioned area and an air-conditioned place you can get a good lunch if you want, plus a walk to a non-airconditioned hangar.

- Be aware that the Pacific Aviation Museum has an excellent gift shop, as does the USS Bowfin as well as the visitors centre gift shops. These are three entirely separate stores run by different people and the merchandise in each is slightly different. If you see a book or something you want in one store, it is not necessarily safe to assume the other two stores will have it, so get what you want when you see it. :)

- When you return back from Ford Island, drop into the USS Bowfin gift store - this one is air-conditioned beautifully and you will enjoy that at this time of the day. You might also want to visit the Submarine Museum if you did not have time for it earlier, this is also air-conditioned I believe.

- There are shuttle buses back to Waikiki - VIP Trans and Reliable Shuttle are two companies I know of that run these, cost is around $6 or so. You can call them ahead of time and book your pickup time if you are willing to decide what time to leave ahead of time - alternatively you can let them know you will want to return at some point that afternoon and you will call to book in the time when you are ready. These generally run on the hour e.g. 2pm, 3pm.. they will tell you all that when you call.

- Alternatively you can catch TheBus back - keeping in mind this will take about an hour maybe more depending on traffic and by that time you might be a bit exhausted and over it.

If I could do it in two days, I would make the USS Arizona Memorial tour for a little later, around 10-10:30am, and visit the USS Bowfin first, taking my time with that. I might then head over to the Pacific Aviation Museum and do the guided tour which costs a little more but these people are very interesting to listen to, it is worth it.

The second day I would reserve purely for the USS Missouri. While it might not take super long, I would be a lot more comfortable touring this in the early morning while it is still cooler, and being able to take my time with it.

Anyway those are just my thoughts after our last visit there. I felt like I wanted to know more, and I wanted to read more, and see more. Especially about the submarines after reading the plaques. I did buy 4 books but I could have bought a *lot* more - I was being careful because I knew we had limited space for books in our luggage. I probably will pick up a few of the other books I most wanted for the e-reader now. If you can budget some space for books in your luggage I think you will not regret doing that.

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Don't think the NPS website is the best. I'm being nice.

Arizona Memorial

2 Museums and a number of memorials.

Bowfin submarine ... and I think it has its own museum as well.

On Ford Island (you take a shuttle) is the USS Missouri and the Pacific Air Museum.

I think that it is possible to go out to one of the other sunken ships - I don't recall which one, and I am not sure that they are part of activities conducted through the NPS Visitors' Center.

You can look up (Google) each of these and read more about them. Bottom line is that Pearl Harbor can take all day - if you want to dedicate that kind of time. Some of use mosey ... some don't. I could stare at the water all day! :o)

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All replies you got are excellent.

placebets mentioned the Top Question on the right, Pearl Harbor Museums. It describes the museums & provides links to each of the museums. Do take the time to read this.

I mentioned approximately how long each of the four museums takes and the time it takes to see the artifacts inside & outside the visitors center.

beedoo & BLBL added more info.

I think you should see USS Arizona Memorial, the artifacts inside & outside the Visitors Center including the Circle of Remembrance (or Remembrance Circle) and the Waterfront Memorial (submarine memorial area) outside the ticket office for USS Missouri/USS Bowfin ticket office. All of them are free & right at the Visitors Center.

The other three Pearl Harbor Museums each are an option. You can see all or any depending on your time or interest.

You can easily visit all four Pearl Harbor museums in one day.

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You might find some useful info in this link. Most of the info is in the Top Questions now, but other info is there.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29222-i37-k647862…

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It also depends on the day and what might be going on - sometimes they have survivors of the attack though this is a lot rarer than it once was, or other visitors or guests to speak to. I could easily have got stuck talking to the author of a book who was having a signing there of this book - MIA: That the Lost may be Found - at the USS Bowfin gift store -

prweb.com/releases/…prweb10230276.htm

However I had already reached my quota of 4 books with one especially large one. This book above is the one I most regret not getting, it sounds like a fascinating story, but I will buy it on Kindle and try not to be sad I do not have an autographed copy. Some decisions you make on holiday are just plain bad ones, and this was one of those for me.

I could easily have got stuck with one of the tour guides at the Pacific Aviation Museum for lengthy discussions had we chosen the guided tour.. plus there was this fascinating gentleman at the entry way who I couldn't start talking to because I knew if I did, we would be there for a very long time.

It also depends if you find learning about history tiring, whether there are large tour groups who get in your way of looking at various things and hold you up, and also on the weather. On our visit day we found most people were leaving by 2 and the place was emptying out.

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Thank you beedo747 and dusty...

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Thanks beedoo for mentioning the book, "MIA: That the Lost may be Found"

I have not read the book.

So just a comment about MIA's.

Seems like every year or so, there are remains from different wars that are being found and sent back to the U.S. for identification.

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

The HQ in the U.S. is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPAC

They recently opened an annex in Nebraska.

www.jpac.pacom.mil/index.php…

I think it is very important to try to get the remains of soldiers back to their loved ones.

And I love reading stories or seeing interviews on TV about spouses and/or family members that have been reunited with a returned MIA or POW. And once in a while a POW is returned alive.

Edited: 08 February 2014, 03:28
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