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Useful Info for Pearl Harbor Visitors

LOCATION:

Pearl Harbor Map1. What is the address of Pearl Harbor?

Pearl Harbor is located on the island of Oahu. The physical address of Pearl Harbor is #1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818.

Please do not search Pearl Harbor or do not enter “Pearl Harbor” to your GPS because it will take you to the Pearl Harbor Navy Base and not to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

2. How close is Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to Honolulu International Airport?

Very close, the distance is only about 2 miles. Pay attention to the road as directions can get confusing; one wrong turn and you can end up on the other side of the island.

OPERATING HOURS:

What time do the main attractions in Pearl Harbor open?

  • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center – 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. The center is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.
  • USS Arizona Memorial – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily.
  • USS Oklahoma Memorial – located on Ford Island, open from dawn – dusk.
  • USS Utah Memorial – also located on Ford Island, open from dawn – dusk. USS Utah is currently not open to the public. Access is limited to visitors who have military base access.
  • USS Missouri – (September – May) 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m daily. (June – August) 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m daily.
  • USS Bowfin – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

How many visitors go on a Pearl Harbor tour everyday?

Every year, over 5,000 tourists visit Pearl Harbor everyday. The busiest seasons are during winter holidays, summer, and spring break.

How many visitors can the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center accommodate every year?

The newly renovated visitor center, which was officially dedicated on December 7, 2010 can accommodate over 1.5 million guests every year.

PARKING:

1. Are there parking spaces for visitors in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center?

Yes, there are multiple parking spaces available in Pearl Harbor. The left side of the parking area is for commercial parking for transportation companies while the parking space on the right side are for the visitors.

FERRY BOATS:

1. What if the ferry boats get shut down by the Navy?

If the Navy chooses to shut down transfer operations for the day, there is really nothing we (PHW) can do. If that happens and you’re already in Pearl Harbor, you can still visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The center has museums, outdoor exhibits, a gift shop and bookstore, and more which you can explore and enjoy.

2. How many times a year does the Navy shut down ferry boat transfers?

There is no definite number; sometimes twice a year, sometimes five times a year. The ferry operation shut downs are also unscheduled. The Navy will normally do so for safety and security reasons.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS:

1. What are the main attractions in Pearl Harbor?

Pearl Harbor’s four main attractions are the widely popular USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, USS Missouri Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

2. Are there gift shops in Pearl Harbor that sell Pearl Harbor attack souvenirs and memorabilia?

Yes, visitors may find the largest selection of Pearl Harbor books and souvenirs at the USS Arizona Memorial Book and Gift Store. It is located near the Visitor Center entrance. Proceeds of the gift shop go to the Visitor Center’s educational and outreach programs.

3. What can the visitors expect to see at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museum?

The Pearl Harbor visitor center museum showcases a great display of artifacts, exhibits and photos that offers a comprehensive interpretation of the Pearl Harbor attack. There are also various galleries of people and events leading up to the attack, the attack itself, and the aftermath.

4. What are the key exhibits in the Visitor Center museum?

  • Road to war – The Road to War Gallery includes historic newsreel footage, artifacts, and photos of people from different walks of life before the war.
  • Oahu 1941 – This open air central gallery offers guests an insight on the issues that caused Hawaii to change forever. The exhibit allows the visitors to experience the dismay of Native Hawaiians over the loss of their lands and the thoughts and feelings of military members who were transferred to the island.
  • Pearl Harbor attack and aftermath – A 1/3 scale model of a Japanese Type 97 B5N2 Nakajima Torpedo Bomber, also known as Kate, greets visitors upon entrance to the exhibit. The bomber is installed to pose as though dropped into Pearl Harbor waters. The exhibit’s focal point showcases film and oral histories, photos and artifacts of the December 7, 1941 attack. Relics of the USS Arizona wreckage as well as the only recovered Japanese torpedo are also displayed.

5. Is there a chance that I can meet a Pearl Harbor survivor during the tour?

Yes, you can meet some of the Pearl Harbor survivors who are present at the visitor center most of the days. You can ask them for autographs, a photo, or even a quick chat.

Please watch Sterling Cale’s video here. He is one of the survivors who has been sharing his Pearl Harbor experiences and stories to the visitors.

LOCKERS AND STORAGE FOR BAGS:

1. Are visitors allowed to bring their bags?

Like other active military bases, strict security measures are being implemented in Pearl Harbor. As such, tourists are prohibited to bring any type of bag that can be used to conceal items inside Pearl Harbor.
2. Are there lockers or storage spaces in Pearl Harbor where visitors can leave their bags?

Yes, there is a secured locker room facility being managed by the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center located near the entrance of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. Visitors will be charged $3.00 per bag. Luggage weighing up to 50 lbs. can be checked in.

If you want to avoid checking in your bags, then it would be better not to bring them with you and leave your bags inside your hotel room or in the vehicle.

MEDICAL FACILITY:

Is there a medical facility in Pearl Harbor?

There is no medical facility inside but in case of an emergency, there is a nearby hospital that can provide emergency medical assistance. Also, if accidents and or injuries occur, approach a park ranger right away for immediate response.

AGE RESTRICTION: 

1. Is there an age restriction?

None. Tourists of all ages are welcome to visit Pearl Harbor.

2. Is the Pearl Harbor Tour recommended to children?

Yes. Children will surely enjoy a Pearl Harbor tour. It is fun and educational where kids will get to visit museums, see interactive displays, and do fun activities that will no doubt delight the young tourists.

KIDS ACTIVITIES

pearl harbor kids activitiesAre there fun activities for kids at Pearl Harbor?

According to The National Park Service, in partnership with Pacific Historic Parks, they are offering a Simultaneous Reading Aloud Program.

The program aims to educate and share the historical significance of the Pearl Harbor attack to over 6,000 school-age children across Hawaii.

Kids will learn about the real-life story of the unlikely friendship, peace and forgiveness between Richard Fiske (a Pearl Harbor survivor) and Zenji Abe (a Japanese Fighter Pilot) in the book entitled, Pearl Harbor Warriors: The Bugler, The Pilot, The Friendship.

Pearl Harbor also offers New Junior Ranger Programs featuring The Keiki Ranger Activity Book (for ages 3-6) and Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt (for ages 7-12) which are available upon request at the NPS Tickets and Information Desk, at no charge to visitors. To receive a Junior Ranger badge, kids will only have to bring his or her completed book back to the information desk.

WHEELCHAIRS:

Is Pearl Harbor wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Pearl Harbor is fully accessible for visitors with disability and special needs. The National Park Service Rangers are also geared to provide assistance. The Visitor Center also allotted for them reserved parking spaces. There are, however, no wheelchairs available for rent inside Pearl Harbor.

PETS: 

Can I bring my pet to Pearl Harbor?

Pearl Harbor does not allow animals. Visitors who need the assistance of a service animal may ask for a special permit.

RESTAURANTS: 

1. Are there restaurants in Pearl Harbor?

Yes, there are restaurants serving a variety of dishes and snacks inside Pearl Harbor. Tourists can also try the nearby shopping mall for other food choices.

2. Is there a store selling coffee or food in Pearl Harbor Visitor Center?

Yes, there is at least one where you can purchase food and or drinks.

BATHROOM: 

Are there public toilets in Pearl Harbor?

A number of public toilets are located in Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, in the parking lot, and at the Bowfin Submarine Museum. There are also diaper changing tables but no shower rooms.

DRESS CODE 

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code but visitors are advised to come in comfortable attire. Swim suits and revealing outfits are highly discouraged.

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