Many people who come to Hawaii want to experience the many spots which memorialize the achievements or sacrifices made by people for a common good. These 3 Hawaii memorials are the ones that mean the most to us. Check out our 3 must see Hawaii memorials!
The USS Arizona Memorial
The most famous of all Hawaii memorials, the USS Arizona Memorial is a tribute to the 1,177 men who are forever entombed in the turquoise waters of Pearl Harbor. Not only is the USS Arizona the most famous of all the Hawaii memorials, it is also the most visited.
Nearly 4,000 visitors a day make a visit out to the memorial which rests over the sunken wreckage of the most famous battleship from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Not only is the USS Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, there are other memorials which deserve the same honor and recognition. Though not nearly the same amount of people visit the USS Oklahoma and USS Utah memorials.
If you would like to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, be sure to plan ahead of time as ferry tickets to the site sell out quickly. The best way is to see it is on tour along with the rest of Pearl Harbor’s amazing sites!
The Byodo-In Temple
The Byodo-In Temple is probably one of the least known of all Hawaii memorials. Established on June 7, 1968, the Byodo-In Temple was built to memorialize the impact of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii who came to work the island’s sugar cane fields.
Built to be a replica of a 900 year-old Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan the Byodo-In Temple is a relaxing and serene place tucked up against the Ko’olau Mountains.
There are magnificent sculpted gardens, wild peacocks, and even Koi fish you can feed! A visit to Byodo-In will definitely not be a moment from your vacation you’ll forget. See the magnificent Byodo-In Temple on an incredible Circle Island Eco Tour!
The Duke Kahanamoku Statue
Possibly the most photographed of all Hawaii memorials, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue is also one of Waikiki’s most famous landmarks. Duke Kahanamoku is known as “The Father of Modern SUrfing” and is credited with sharing the royal Hawaiian pastime with the rest of the world.
A world champion swimmer and olympian, Duke grew up honing his skills in the clear blue waters of Waikiki Beach, which is where his statue stands today. Be sure to take your picture in front of the Duke Statue when you’re in Waikiki!
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