Visiting the friendly beaches of Wakiki full of turquoise water, friendly sea turtles, and starry night skies it is almost impossible to imagine fire, bombs, and casualties. Alas much like the rest of the world Oahu has its share of history. Most prominent is the bombing of the Pearl Harbor by the Japanese 75 years ago today. Let’s take a look at a few key attractions preserving the history of such a turning point in our history.
Pacific Historic Parks- Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
A National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor is also an active military base. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center includes two museums,“Road to War” and “Attack,” that tell about the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. Outdoor exhibits on the visitor center grounds continue the story and give a real life play by play of what happened where the Japs flew into the harbor and where the sunken ships lay resting.
USS Arizona Memorial
Photo credit: pandk
The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when Japanese Naval Forces bombed Pearl Harbor.
Born in the midst of World War II, the USS Missouri was the fourth American warship to have the name. On September 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri, the two sides met to sign an agreement that ended World War II. General MacArthur concluded the ceremony by saying: “Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always. These proceeding are closed!”
The decadent house of the queen until 1893 is a sight to behold. It was built in 1879 in an “American Florentine” style which is Italian Renaissance architecture with the addition of elements characteristic of Hawaiian architecture. The site also holds a cemetery for governor’s and high status officials of Hawai’i. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government and State of Hawaiʻi until 1969. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978.
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