Around 8am on December 7th, 1941, Japanese Zero warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor and the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. The devastating surprise attack killed 2,403 and wounded over 1,000 others, marking the United States entrance into World War II. For the USA, World War II both began and ended at the Pearl Harbor Naval base on Oahu. As Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, Pearl Harbor serves as a piece of living history to be appreciated by people from all over the world.
Guests will see the official video documentary only found at Pearl Harbor and experience a boat ride (taken on Navy Shuttles) out to see the Arizona Memorial and other areas in Pearl Harbor. Witness the black tears floating over the final resting place of the 1,177 souls aboard the sunken USS Arizona. After Pearl Harbor, guests will venture to the Punchbowl National Cemetery & visit the statue of King Kamehameha the Great before returning to Waikiki. All guests will enjoy Premium Transportation, and the best Tour Guides in Hawaii!
*Please note that due to reduced capacity at Pearl Harbor, tickets for the boat ride to the Arizona Memorial cannot be guaranteed. Tickets will be secured most of the time, but not often enough to guarantee them due to current capacity restrictions. The service department will work with you directly, to help you obtain your own Memorial tickets, which will almost ensure your ability to get them. Given current capacity conditions, it is necessary to give you this disclaimer.
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TWO-WAY TRANS FROM WAIKIKI
Transportation quality can be hit or miss in Hawaii. We don’t take any chances by providing round-trip transfers from Waikiki to Pearl Harbor in beautiful limo style buses. You’ll not only appreciate the air conditioning, but also the hospitable tour guides.
VISITORS CENTER & MUSEUMS
The Visitors Center will be your hub while touring Pearl Harbor. It is the first building that you check-in to, and the location where shuttles to the other attractions depart and return from. The Visitor Center is also home to 2 different museums named “Road To War” & “Attack” which come included with your admission to Pearl Harbor.
No event in United States history has been the subject of more documentaries over the past 75 years than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That’s what makes this one so special… This is an exclusive documentary that is not played on TV or Youtube etc. It can only be viewed at Pearl Harbor and contains exclusive footage of the day that will live in infamy.
USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL
Built over the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona you’ll find the iconic Arizona Memorial. The Battleship, made famous on that infamous day, is the watery grave of the 1,177 Navy Sailors that were killed on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. The sunken battleship was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989, and is now a must-see destination for anyone taking a trip to Hawaii.
WALL OF NAMES
The Wall of Names is one of the more sacred aspects of the visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. Here we are able to honor the fallen soldiers who lost their lives to the perils of war during the attack. A moment of silence is observed in during this time to pay respect for those who gave everything for their freedom.
TEARS OF THE ARIZONA
The USS Arizona was bombed and completely sank during the air strike on Pearl Harbor. Because the ship was in the harbor, it’s reserves were full and the ship sunk will a full reservoir of fuel and oil. The traces of oil that surface daily can be seen best when the Harbor is calm, and is one of the more sobering aspects of the experience.
KING KAMEHAMEHA STATUE
Sculpted by Thomas Gould in Florence, this 18-foot bronze statue of Kamehameha is one of Oahu’s most photographed landmarks. On the Friday closest to June 11 (Kamehameha Day), this statue is ceremoniously draped with wreaths of flower lei to celebrate Hawaii’s greatest king. A great warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict.
PUNCHBOWL NATIONAL CEMETERY
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery) is located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and is visited by millions of people per year. It is like the Arlington National Cemetery of the Pacific and is one of the favorite stops of the guests on tour.
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We did this on our first morning and it was an excellent experience! Our guide Miah was so nice and informative! The tour at Pearl Harbor was extremely meaningful and a total must see. What made it though, was all of the history and stories Miah told. I recommend this tour with all of my fingers and toes! I can’t imagine anything better! Thank you Cousin Maih! mahalo!
Our Tour Guide, Cousin Maia, Was Fantastic!
My sister and I booked this tour on our recent trip to Oahu. Our tour guide, Cousin Maia, was fantastic! His knowledge of Hawaii history, plus the extra stories he told on the trip made this way more than a tour of Pearl Harbor. You can’t go wrong with this deal — and if you’re lucky enough to get Maia, it’s worth twice the price!
John Junior did an awesome job with our group. He was funny, informative, timely, and entertaining. Our group was ahead of schedule, so he dropped us by a local ice cream shop that was wonderful! He gave us lots of info on Hawaiian and WWII history. He played the ukelele and sang us a song, and is very talented. The donuts and coffee were great too. For us being on a tight time schedule, this was the perfect way for us to get in Pearl Harbor and Honolulu and at a great price. Not having to drive or navigate traffic alone made it worth the price. Maholo for a great morning!
Aloha Pearl Harbor
What a wonderful excursion once again from Aloha Tours! Cousin Nate was our tour guide, historian, proud native Hawaiian and American who filled our trip with stories we will never forget! Visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial is a once in a lifetime experience in itself. Cousin Nate’s passion and love for his Hawaiian culture and history was a welcoming addition to the day. (Oh.. the donuts were delicious, too!) Thank you!
Happy I Learned About Pearl Harbor!
Cousin Maya (Maia) was great he entertained and included everyone on the way there while getting us there safely. Be ready to participate. Maya great at spontaneous humor and the boat tour guide was also incredibly.professional and sentimental. I did the Hiroshima Memorial museum about a year ago the day after the anniversary of bombing. Very happy I learned about Pearl Harbor I knew so little even though my grandpa was on a merchant ship near Japan during WWII. You will never have a pity party after your visit to Pearl Harbor. Thanks cousin Maria! and everyone! Angelique
We loved the entire day.
Cousin Maia was a great host! We loved the entire day. We ran a little behind on the way to Pearl harbor due to construction traffic & our tickets were actually given away to a different group but..no worries! Cousin Maia had it all sorted out in a few minutes! Highly recommend this tour if you’d like to learn some of the history behind the island. Cousin Maia was very knowledgeable and professional & kept a laid back aloha vibe the entire day. We will be doing the circle island tour next time we visit for sure. Mahalo!
Information that you didn’t learn in school.
Cousin Miah was fantastic! He is light hearted and keeps the mood relaxed. He made a tired early morning group get into a good spirit, and tried to imbue the “Aloha Spirit” throughout the tour. He’s a veteran, and when he’s giving information about Pearl Harbor, makes sure that you remember it’s also a memorial and not simply a tourist attraction. You get a good overall sense of the island and it’s history, and he offers eye opening information that you didn’t learn in school. Also, NONE of the other tours were offering coffee or donuts when you get off the bus!
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