World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Lying beneath the surface of the calm waters of Pearl Harbor, just outside downtown Honolulu, are the remains of the USS Arizona, and the more than 1,000 members of the boat's crew who lost their lives when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

A simple and stark white memorial rises out of the water above the sunken ship, to commemorate not just the Arizona sailors, but also all of the civilians, soldiers, and other sailors who were killed on that "date which will live in infamy." Parts of the ship can be seen from the memorial, as well as dark slicks from the oil that still leaks from the ship more than 65 years later. The interior of the Memorial displays the names of all the Arizona sailors who perished. With these names are some newer names as well—the crew members who survived the Pearl Harbor attack, yet have chosen to be buried with their shipmates.

—Laura Connors, NPCA

If You Go

In order to accommodate the many visitors who wish to visit the memorial, there are fairly regimented procedures for visiting the site. Upon arrival at the visitor center, visitors are issued a free, timed ticket. Wait times, particularly in summer, can be several hours, so arriving early is best. At regular intervals, groups are called for their tour, which consists of a wonderfully produced and informative documentary film, and the short boat trip to the memorial and back.









July 17, 2015

Visited June 2015. They did a great job with the new museum & the story line, both political & militarily. And don't forget to talk to the volunteers, they can provide much additional info not covered thru the displays.


October 24, 2013

Will our Senior National Park pass get us into this site without charge? How do we arrange a tour in January 2014? Information please.


November 10, 2011

My husband and I visited the memorial in May 2004 and remember how solemn and humbling it was to be on the memorial knowing that we were just feet above a huge ship that is the final resting place of so many people. I was also amazed at the size of the vessel - it is a must do to visit the Arizona memorial.


November 10, 2011

I went to the Arizona memorial in 1988 and was in awe of what happened. The boat trip over was very informative as well. Standing on the memorial looking down on the ship was eerie. I had respect for these guys before but I had a renewed respect for them after I finished the tour.

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