Beautiful weather for a lovely day at Pearl Harbor. Although sobering at times, the high amounts of “‘MURICA” can wear a little thin- although I will say it was a lot less predominant than we were expecting.
The whole Pearl Harbor Memorial site is very well done, and entry is free although bags must be cloaked for $3. There are a number of packages you can purchase, depending on how much you want to see. Even though we arrived fairly early (around 10am), the USS Arizona Memorial had sold out. If I was to go to Pearl Harbour again, I would definitely pre-book tickets.
Given the choice of the USS Bowfin sub, or the USS Missouri, we chose the Missouri. For those who are more adventurous, you could definitely do the whole lot.
We were on site for around 4 hours, and that included wandering around Pearl Harbor for quite some time before getting on the bus to the Missouri, followed by lunch at the aviation museum.
Getting there took around 45 minutes by car, although if you’re relying on public transport, you can get the #42 bus. Apparently a cab is around $45 each way. For that cash, I’d be hiring a car for the day and doing some other things too!
The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was obviously the catalyst for America to get involved in World War 2, with America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki four years later spelling the end of that war. Being that we’d seen the Enola Gay in DC (the first plane to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima) in 2011, it seemed like closing the loop a little to also see Pearl Harbor. Being on the deck of the Missouri also closed the circle, as this is where the surrender documents were signed on 2 September 1945.
I’m certainly no glorifier of war, but I do love a good memorial, and Pearl Harbor really is the bees knees on this front.
The guided tour is excellent, and due to Clarrie’s feeding regime, we actually skipped out of one tour and sat on the deck of the Missouri while Clarrie had some boob. Twenty minutes later another tour was going passed, so we just jumped into that.
The guided tours themselves rarely do much in the way of stairs, but if you want to see any of the inside of the ship, there are a huge amount of very steep stair cases and ladders. This is no place for a pram or wheelchair.
Clarrie was in his carrier/sling, and so Elyse could wander about fairly freely. When it came to the end of the guided tour and I wanted to see more, I had to do that alone. The vast majority of the photos below are parts of the ship you will not be able to get to easily with small kids.
Pearl Harbor is definitely worth a visit, just for the historical significance if nothing else.