“Day at Pearl Harbor” Tour with Roberts Hawaii
UPDATED: Aloha! The Arizona Memorial is closed temporarily but Pearl Harbor remains OPEN. Despite the restriction of visitor access to the Memorial, USS Arizona Memorial programs are running as scheduled and TICKETS ARE STILL REQUIRED. Instead of taking a boat to the memorial and disembarking there, visitors are taken on a 15-minute narrated harbor tour of Battleship Row and the area around the USS Arizona Memorial. In addition, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, museums, and bookstore are open as usual from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week. See more on the official National Park Services website.
Winston Churchill once asserted that, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Such wise words—directly related to times of war—raise the awareness of the extreme importance of remembrance in the hearts and minds of those who remain post-war, as survivors, and also for those future generations to come.
Pearl Harbor Tour – We Remember
And in order to preserve, honor, and learn from our history, we must dedicate ourselves to remembering, recounting, and keeping those memories alive, with aloha. Here in Hawaii, World War II’s Battle of Pearl Harbor resonates most closely to home, and preserving its story is such a solemn task, it could be daunting to most, but that’s exactly what Roberts Hawaii aims to accomplish with its Day at Pearl Harbor Tour, an all-inclusive daylong event (approx. 6.30am- 5.30pm) that takes visitors on an epic journey into the inner world of just what happened that fateful date of December 7, 1941. It was a “date that will live in infamy,” according to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the moment when a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy forces upon the U.S. Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor led to the United States’ entry into World War II.
Witness Firsthand the Wreckage and Remnants
Join Roberts Hawaii as you step back in time, reliving one-by-one the dramatic events of that December day. Witness firsthand the wreckage and remnants, as you visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial (accessible only by boat, and the final resting place of the more than 1,000 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack), the USS Battleship Missouri (also called the Mighty Mo), the Pacific Aviation Museum, and the USS Bowfin Museum. Those visiting on this tour will also have the rare and unique opportunity to hear eyewitness accounts—and even view actual film footage—of the attack, including walking in the footsteps of Gen. Douglas Mac-Arthur, and seeing the specific remains of a Japanese A6M2 Zero that was part of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Memories Live On
Imagine an entire day spent steeped in history, one truly for the books. After a narrated audio tour at USS Arizona, exploring vast exhibit galleries, and experiencing all of the above mentioned offerings at Pearl Harbor—including a drive through famed Ford Island—the tour culminates in a narrated drive through the well-known Oahu sites of the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, Hawaii State Capitol Grounds, and Honolulu City Hall. After such a day, filled with myriad emotions and sober reminders, you will come away with a renewed gratitude and broader appreciation of the deep sacrifice of our soldiers, whose memories will live on thanks to tours such as this, and participants who support it, such as you.
Visit the special Pearl Harbor section at www.hawaii.com/pearl-harbor.
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