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Remembering Pearl Harbor in 5 facts

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the 9/11 of its day, remembered as a defining moment of the Second World War. But Pearl Harbor is about much more than its most tragic moment. Here's a brief history to prepare you for your tour!

It was once a sacred site

The large bay was originally called Wai Momi, or "Waters of Pearl." According to Hawaiian legend, it's home to the shark goddess, Kaʻahupahau.

It's been expanded twice

First by the Ewa chief, Keaunui, who reshaped the estuary to make it accessible. Then, in 1869, the US deepened the waters leading into the harbor while Hawaii was still a kingdom.

Hawaii wasn't part of the US when it was attacked

The kingdom made way for the Republic of Hawaii in 1893, which let the US establish a naval base at the harbor six years later. It didn't become the 50th state until 1959!

A surprising excuse for incompetence?

US intelligence is rumored to have expected the "surprise" attack, but either way, the naval base was woefully unequipped to defend against any kind of air-raid.

It's still an operational naval base

The Pearl Harbor attacks killed 2,403 Americans and Hawaiians, and sunk much of the US' naval might. Defiantly, it's still home to the bigger-than-ever US Pacific Fleet!

Pearl Harbor: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00AM to 5:00PM, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Expect it to be busy at any time! If travelling on a budget then arrive early to snap up one of the free walk-in tickets, otherwise it's recommended that you book in advance!

How to get there?

Pearl Harbor can be accessed by City Bus and taxi, but the former is slow (up to 2 hours) and the latter expensive. Many cheap, quick transportation services don't have clearance to the tourist site itself, so the best way to reach Pearl Harbor is undoubtedly with a certified tour company.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    7:00AM - 5:00PM
  • What is the price?
    Walk-in tickets are free, but best to guarantee access by purchasing an all-inclusive tour package.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help.
  • How to get there
    Best to go in a private van with a tour company.
  • Additional tips
    Get out your fanny pack! Backpacks and other large bags must be checked at the storage area.

What People Are Saying About Pearl Harbor

The Heroes Tour was an amazing history lesson

Taking the Heroes tour provides a full prospective of Pacific theater of WWII. Learning about the role the USS Missouri played in the war was fascinating. This tour had excellent guides. Participants will learn a lot of history not found in any history book. The US Arizona memorial is a somber experience.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor Heroes Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Dawson, 09/21/2016

Fantastic tour with a great tour and knowledgeable tour guide

We went on the the full day Pearl Harbor and Oahu day tour and had a wonderful time. It was simply amazing to see and experience everything that went on in Pearl Harbor first hand. A remarkable experience which we will never forget. Our tour guide Lolita was simply amazing! So knowledgeable about Hawaii's history and its attractions. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor and Oahu Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/12/2016

Excellent. Documentary was sad to watch and visit on Arizona was tops

I would do the tour again with my children, family and friends when next in Hawaii

Great tour, pity about the booking service

The tour was excellent. Our tour guide Ben was worth his weight in gold. Pity about Getyourguides help service. After making an error in the date, I contacted them twice-no reply except for rubbish about our tour which hadn't been changed. Finally I got hold of the tour company who put the things right. Polyad, 10 out of 10. Ken and Di, New Zealand

Full-Day Pearl Harbor History and Oahu Circle Tour Reviewed by Ken and Dianne, 05/24/2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area.

We had a great tour with a local guide who knew so much about the area. In addition to the history, we heard many stories about famous people that grew up in the area. We also learned about rich Hawaiian history and culture. Pearl Harbor was a humbling experience and while writing this review on 9-11 we are reminded of all the sacrifices made by so many to ensure our freedom. Thank you!

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Pearl Harbor
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