About Ford Island
Situated in the waters of Pearl Harbor is Mokuumeume, known to us today as Ford Island. In the mid-20th century over 40,000 military personnel lived and worked here. Today it is home to the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Utah Memorial, and the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Still an active military base, Ford Island requires official authorization for civilian access. Discover Hawaii Tours has access to all Ford Island attractions.
Ford Island was named after Dr. Seth Porter Ford, a Honolulu physician. During WWI the US Army purchased this island for $236,000 and transferred it to the Navy in 1932. It was the main site of the Pearl Harbor attacks since the air fleet was stationed there and battleship row surrounds the island. Ford Island National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Oahu
- Duration: From 2 to 5 hours at various attractions, depending on tour agenda.
- Amenities: Restrooms, Gift Shops, US Park Rangers, Food & Refreshments at Missouri Battleship and Pacific Aviation Museum.
- Insider Tip: Dont forget your government-issued ID! You need it to gain access to the island.
- Fun Fact: Before the Admiral Clarey Bridge was built in 1998, access was by ferry boat and required a military ID or invitation from a Ford Island resident.
- What to Expect: Wartime memorials, the Mighty Mo, Luke Field, and many wartime hangars, offices and buildings.
- Pop Culture: Film actor John Wayne starred in the movie In Harms Way, filmed at Ford Island.