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“Small but fun - DO NOT EAT THERE!”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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All-Inclusive Beyond the Call to Duty Tour of Pearl Harbor
Ranked #24 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed cafe Laniakea, and the combat flight simulators in which you can virtually fight the battle of Guadalcanal in either an American or Japanese plane.Pacific Aviation Museum's mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum, which educates young and old alike, honors aviators and the support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and is dedicated to preserving Pacific aviation history.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Cute little museum with great replicas / rebuilds of warplanes. Kids will like it. Don't pass the movie theatre for a short (11min) presentation. The guides and volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable.

The Combat Flight Simulator is an open-air cockpit in front of a theatre screen wherein you play the video game verson of CFS. So, for $10 each, you can skip it unless you have never played the game. The gentlemen there are most helpful. Purchase your ticket (and time slot) at the front entrance counter but don't forget your coupon from one of those Honolulu guide books.

Now trust me on this one - DO NOT EAT at the restaurant! Bring a granola bar or wait till you are back in town -- this was one of the worst meals I have ever ever eaten. My two boys (8 & 13) agreed. I had a Chinese fried rice dish that was greasy and filled with fried SPAM and frozen peas! My son had a pulled pork burger that he couldn't and wouldn't eat and that is almost unheard of with my 13 year old boy! I got a coffee that was seriously some sort of bad hospital-grade swill that came with a FREE packet of CoffeeMate ... they had to look for milk/cream. I paid over $40 for 3 meals and drinks that didn't get eaten. It is a cafeteria-style place that looked cool and had "interesting" items on the menu but SKIP IT! We all felt ill. Have a hot dog at the BowFin exhibit instead.

However, DO go to the other Hangar and see the actual planes and go in a SeaKing helicopter. The holes in the glass on the hangar doors are from the bullets during the attack of Pearl Harbor.

Thank Victoriagurl
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

I would have expected that the Aviation museum has extensive collection of planes attached to the Pearl Harbor. The only positive thing is authentic place, hangar with bullet holes etc.

Thank mWrite
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

small museum but lovingly staffed. good restaurant and bathrooms and shop. on historic ford island with a hangar full of airplanes and other vehicles. if you are visiting pearl harbor memorial, it's the next left turn to go over the bridge. good if you want intimate tour as it is small.

Thank melemike
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

My husdand could have stayed there all day. The guides and volunteers that we ran into were all veterans- an irreplaceable commodity.

Thank Leann_R_11_11
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Some inaccuracies in the exhibits. Great stories and dioramas, but the actual number was limited. We've been through museums with more extensive accurate restorations. And, the planes fly at other museums. Good place to visit and say "I've seen it", but we ended up being disappointed.

Thank TravelGal2004
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