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Historical Sites and Museums

Pearl Harbor Oahu
Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor Naval memorials include the USS Arizona, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Museum & Park, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. One of the most powerful parts of any trip to Oahu, many visitors are overcome with emotion by visiting such a historic place that serves as both a tribute to those serving in the protection of their country, and a memorial to those who have sacrificed their lives in its defense.

Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial

Perhaps the most famous of the Naval memorials, the USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the destruction of the battleship USS Arizona, part of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that led President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and marked the entrance of The Unite States in the Second World War. The USS Arizona Memorial experience begins with a twenty-three minute video describing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then a ferry-ride to the actual Memorial that stands above the sunken battleship.

Iolani Palace Oahu
Iolani Palace

Located in downtown Honolulu, the Iolani Palace stands as a monument to the monarchy that had ruled Hawaii until its annexation by the United States government in 1893. Tours travel through the throne room, reception areas and dining rooms, as well as the private living quarters of the royal family. Beautiful examples of furniture restored or returned to the residence display the amazing opulence of these monarchs. Precious jewelry including the golden and jeweled crowns of the King and Queen are also on display.

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Haleiwa Surf Museum

“Hanging Ten” in the North Shore Marketplace, the Haleiwa Surf Museum is dedicated to the pastime of surfing, its history and its impact on world culture. Officially named the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum, this charming shrine to surfing and surfing culture is curated by a lively storyteller named Hurricane Bob. Much of the focus of this museum lies on the surfing history and culture of the North Shore. The collaection of surfboards alone is incredible, but the museum abounds with surfing-related memorabilia: records, collectible bottles, photos, videos and posters.