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WWII sites & museums worth seeing

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WWII sites & museums worth seeing

My parents are visiting Honolulu soon and have a strong interest in WWII-related sites and museums. Beyond the USS Arizona, what is worth them seeing. Are there any tours that are worth considering that focus on that period in our history?

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1. Re: WWII sites & museums worth seeing

There is far, far more to Pearl Harbor than the Arizona Memorial! The USS Missouri, the Bowfin (sub), the Pacific Aviation Museum - 2 other museums at least. Monuments. There are package prices for Pearl Harbor activities, but the one thing you need to focus on far in advance is admission tickets for the Arizona Memorial. http://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm

Pearl Harbor is easily accessed by car or bus - and visitors can simply go on their own and take all the time they wish.

The Home of the Brave Tour stops at various sites around the Island - and it may interest your parents. It doesn't provide enough time at Pearl Harbor though. http://www.pearlharborhq.com/tours.html

The Punchbowl National Cemetary is a must.

http://www.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/visit.html The Army Museum at Fort DeRussy is right on Waikiki and easy to access.

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Let me throw in also the Tropic Lightning Museum at Schofield Barracks.

And there are WWII era pillboxes around, but they may require some hiking to reach.

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According to my friends the "Home of the Brave Tour" did not stop at all in their quick drive through the Punchbowl. Very disappointing. We have a connection to folks who served on the Pacific Front so, for us, that is an amazing place. We are history buffs who spent several hours there and really reccommend it!

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My husband and I just got back a week ago from Hawaii and did the Battleships of WW2 tours through Discover Hawii Tours. It was awesome! Would have liked more time at Pearl Harbor, but this tour covers alot. It did not stop at Punchbowl Nat cemetary either, we just drove through it slowly. You spend about and hour and a half on the Battleship Missouri. Lots of time to see the USS Bowfin too. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining during the long ride on the bus. Highly recommend.

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The Army museum at Fort DeRussey is very informative and educational, spanning time periods, and includes WWII, as well as more.

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We just returned and did the Discover Hawaii day tour which was great! A full day and enjoyed every minute!

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We did the Home of the Brave tour last year. It was excellent & they have put together a great little museum full of memorabilia. Lots of great information & very professional. Olav was our guide & he is a retired army person.

Yes it is only a drive thru Punchbowl cemetery, but they do provide some interesting information.

Highly recommend the tour.

Fort DeRussy is a must as well

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8. Re: WWII sites & museums worth seeing

I agree Fort DeRussy is a must see as well. It free (donation was much appreciated). Depending on which end of Waikiki you are staying at, its very walkable from most hotels. Great place for kids as well.

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9. Re: WWII sites & museums worth seeing

Thanks, everyone-- some great info. Appreciate the help.

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10. Re: WWII sites & museums worth seeing

They can spend 1/2 day at Pearl Harbor Museums.

See the Top Question, Pearl Harbor Museums on the right side of the page.

They should rent a car while on Oahu. They can see the island much better with a car.

Army Museum at Ft. DeRussy has already been mentioned. Free (donations accepted).

Tropic Lighting Museum at Schofield Barracks already mentioned. Free (donations accepted). Open to the public. Enter through Lyman Gate.

At Tropic Lightning Museum, when I went, there was a free white brochure that had a map for other historic buildings at Schofield. We toured for about 10 minutes, but felt guilty as the pass was good for only the museum.

Best hikes that include military bunkers are:

Diamond Head hike

Kaiwa Ridge Hike, aka Lanikai Pillbox Hike, in Lanikai. You can stand on top of the pillboxes (bunkers).

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. When you get to the lookout over the lighthouse, there are bunkers on the hill, mountain side. Takes about 15 minutes extra to the bunkers. 10-15 minutes back down.

At Turtle Bay Resort, there is an informative sign that describes Opana Point. This is the radar site where they observed Japanese planes on December 7, 1941.

The sign is to the left at Turtle Bay Resort. Look up and across the highway & you will see modern radar units at the site.

National Cemetery of the Pacific. See the Top Question on the right side of the page.

Edited: 13 May 2013, 04:42