USS Arizona Memorial
About USS Arizona Memorial
The most visited attraction on Oahu, the USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center hosts over one million people every year. At this contemplative Pearl Harbor memorial, a near endless supply of oil, the Black Tears of the Arizona, seeps from the sunken battleship below. Accessible only by boat, the USS Arizona Memorial crosses over the sunken hull of the battleship without ever touching it. Nearby you’ll find the USS Bowfin Submarine and USS Missouri Battle Ship on Ford Island.
Every US President since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made a pilgrimage to the site, so dont think twice about seeing this famous memorial, its the top thing to see in Hawaii.
The memorial was dedicated in 1962, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and declared a National Historic Landmark on in 1989. It was designed by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis, who was once detained at Sand Island during World War II as an enemy of the country because of his Austrian nationality.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Oahu
- Duration: Total time at USS Arizona is 30-35 minutes, including boat ride to and from the memorial. (This time does not include your time at the Visitors Center)
- Amenities: Knowledgeable park ranger guide at memorial, informative signage, snack bar for food and drink.
- Insider Tip: The Arizona Memorial and its exhibits are operated by the National Parks Service. Park Rangers are here to answer all your questions!
- Fun Fact: Pearl Harbor was originally called Wai Momi, Hawaiian for pearl water. An abundance of pearls existed here until native Hawaiians began harvesting the pearls for trade with Europeans.
- What to Expect: Many museums and exhibits at the Pear Harbor Visitor Center. A NAVY operated ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial and a solemn reminder of the tragedy that struck.
- Pop Culture: Elvis Presley held a benefit concert in 1961 and made a $54,000 contribution to the project being built.