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Pearl Harbor Tour A Memorable Experience And A Must-Do Honolulu Activity

USS Arizona Memorial Provides Many Moving Moments

USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial sits gently over the sunken ship.

 

You can see it on TV specials and documentaries but nothing can actually prepare you emotionally for visiting Pearl Harbor.

The tour is free but the memories are a treasure.  (There are paid van tours which can be set up and leave from every hotel in Waikiki Beach. They are as easy to find as sand. And at the venue, donations are accepted.)

First, you go to a waiting room of sorts, which is really a mini museum. Then you board a small boat and ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial.

When you step from the boat onto the white open-air structure, which is over the sunken ship, the mood of everyone changes. You go from chatting with friends and others to complete silence.

You move around the structure – which is small, only capable of holding a few dozen people –with a quiet respect. The monument is like a T-bone over the ship and on a wall are the names of those who died during the attack on that day of infamy.

It’s easy to spend several minutes just staring at the wall, slowly reading the names. But there are so many of them, 1,177. This is when the reality of the attack really starts to take hold of the mind. The list is so long it’s impossible to read all the names.

All around you there is silence. It’s like being at a funeral, but a funeral for people you don’t know and never knew, but respect.

This is a good time to peer over the side. Droplets of oil rise to the surface out of the ship. It’s said they are actually the tears of those who lost their lives.

You can stay as long as you like, but somewhere around 20 minutes is enough time. Then you board another boat and return to shore.

No matter what else you do in Hawaii, and how much you whoop it up in the bars of Waikiki Beach, those moments at Pearl Harbor will stay with you for a long time.

VISITING PEARL HARBOR

• 1,300 walk-in tickets are available daily at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which opens at 7:00 a.m. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first serve basis.

• You can also get tickets in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on-line at:  www.recreation.gov

• Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Address: 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818

Hurricane Ana To Miss Hawaii But Drench Honolulu And Maui

Tourists Better Take Their Mai Tais Inside For Shelter

Hurricane Ana Hawaiian Islands
As this AccuWeather graphic shows, Ana will bring rain to the Hawaiian Islands.



If you’re vacationing in Hawaii the good news is that Hurricane Ana will bypass the islands.

The bad news is that you won’t be going back home with a suntan.

The weather forecast for Honolulu and Maui is for heavy rains and not just through the weekend. Honolulu is expected to be drenched for at least a week. Maui will get a break with some sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday but the clouds return on Thursday.

As for Ana, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects an area of high pressure will prevent the hurricane from hitting any of the Hawaiian islands.

Therefore the strongest and most destructive winds will be offshore. So there goes your chances for that romantic sunset cruise in Kanapali, Maui, or taking one of the booze cruises in Waikiki Beach.

The impacts of Ana’s presences in the area will spread across Hawaii in an east-to-west fashion late Friday through Sunday.

The Big Island, mainly southern areas, and Kauai are at greatest risk of experiencing flooding rainfall and tropical storm-force winds. Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages, while isolated mudslides may result.

Based on Ana’s current forecast path, downpours and winds of 40 mph could graze the other islands. Localized flash flooding and power outages would result, including in Honolulu and Hilo.

Rough and dangerous surf will develop throughout the islands.

So you’re going to have to enjoy your Mai Tais and other rum drinks from inside the bar rather than on the lanai.