War memorials in Hawaii

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Hawaii is not only the perfect holiday destination for lounging on beautiful white sand beaches, taking incredible hikes across volcanic craters and catching waves in pristine clear blue water. There is so much history to immerse yourself in here and there is no escaping the fact that learning about a country’s past is much more exciting in the field than the classroom!

Oahu is home to so many beautiful and historically rich military memorials and monuments. A day trip to one of more of these incredible sites is one of the most special experiences that can be had while holidaying in Hawaii! Popular times to visit include Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day and Pearl Harbour Day.

Memorials and monuments

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour is one of the most famous war memorials in Hawaii. The site marks the resting place of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona battleship during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941. See a moving film about the attack, board a navy tender to reach the memorial and listen to a narrative tape while you pass through the sites of other sunken and damaged ships.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is visited by over five million people annually, making it the most frequently sited attraction in Hawaii. Located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, it serves as a memorial to honour those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during the attack at Pearl Harbour. Visit the graves of brave soldiers marked by small plaques and lei’s left by a visiting friend or relative and admire the large marble courts containing the names of the 26,280 Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is home to the battleship USS Missouri which is docked on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbour. The Missouri has served her nation proudly in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Gulf War. Take a guided tour on the battleship, led by retired military veterans for an incredible history lesson.

For more information about visiting Hawaii’s historical war memorial sites, take a look at our tours page or contact the My Hawaii Holiday Experts!


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