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Thursday March 13, 2014


Honolulu, Hawaii
Home to nearly half a million people, Honolulu is Hawaii's state capital and only major city. The city of Honolulu and the island of Oahu offer a wealth of historic, cultural and scenic attractions. Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are two of the city's enduring symbols. Pearl Harbor, site of the USS Arizona Memorial and the "Punchbowl," are haunting reminders of the tragic events of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor forced America into World War II. Honolulu is also home to the historic Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's last royals. Beyond the city lie tropical rain forests, the Pali Lookout and the North Shore known for its surfing beaches.

A draw card to visitors of all ages, from all corners of the globe, Honolulu's appeal ranges from it's magnificent beaches, countless well-stocked shops, tempting restaurants and a multitude of historic, cultural and scenic attractions.


Mighty Mo (USS Missouri)

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USS Arizona Memorial

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Excursion:  USS Arizona Memorial & Mighty Mo

For an informative and moving tour of two of Hawaii's most famous WWII memorials, board your air conditioned motorcoach at the pier and journey along the Nimitz Highway to the historic Pearl Harbor.

Take a fascinating tour of the Visitor's Center which features a poignant short film with actual footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 - the devastating event that shocked Americans out of isolationism and prompted the United States to declare war on Japan and thus enter World War II.

Then board a Navy launch and travel to the haunting USS Arizona Memorial. This graceful 184-foot-long memorial seems to float serenely above the shattered hull of the sunken ship, destroyed by Japanese bombs on that infamous day. At once beautiful and sobering, this stunning memorial commemorates the 1,177 crewmen (75 were recovered, 1,102 remain entombed there) who were killed during the surprise attack.

Then visit the USS Missouri Memorial berthed on the former "battleship row" at Ford Island. The 887 foot long "Mighty Mo" battleship is a living museum that offers guests a glimpse into the past and the experience of being aboard a ship that is alive with history as well as modern technology. You will be educated and entertained with exhibits, memorabilia and activities that give you a sense of what life at sea was like aboard the world's last and most celebrated battleship.

Discover the thrilling details of the kamikaze attack on the Missouri; stand in the shadows of the 16-inch guns that pummeled Inchon, Korea; see where 28 Tomahawk missiles were launched during the Gulf War and stand on the "Signature Deck" where General Douglas MacArthur stood when Japanese officials signed and presented him with the "Articles of Surrender" that ended World War II.

Have your cameras at the ready as both memorials offer excellent views of the USS Bowfin, a restored WWII fleet submarine, nicknamed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger". You will even have the opportunity to tour the Bowfin for a fee while visiting the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Take time to browse the books shops at the Arizona Memorial and on board the USS Missouri for gifts and souvenirs of your moving and educational tour of one of the most famous eras in American history.




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