Situated in the waters of Pearl Harbor is “Moku’ume’ume”, 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
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.