Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and legends of the world-changing events of Pearl Harbor, December 1941. Upon picking you up, your E Noa guide begins to share local stories and interesting bits of history-setting the scene of that fateful day as you head towards the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Crater), an extinct volcanic tuff cone where members of all armed forces are laid to rest, followed by downtown Honolulu and the historic buildings that were a part of Hawaii’s history as a monarchy, a territory, and as the 50th state. Soon, you arrive full of anticipation at one of Oahu’s most famous destinations.
You feel the site’s power as you enter the new World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Here you revisit the past through never- before-seen artifacts, replicas and media displays that explain the events and details of the day leading up to and following the Pearl Harbor attack. Stand at ground zero of the infamous attack and gaze up at a sky once filled with enemy planes.
Traveling across the harbor by shuttle boat, and then standing in reflection on the USS Arizona Memorial, you pause in tribute to those who lost their lives that day. This graceful monument built over the remains of the sunken ship provides a moving balance of life and death, as you spot green sea turtles and colorful fish swimming in the active reef around the Arizona, even as it serves to memorialize those entombed below.
A historical film, a journey in time across the harbor, and perhaps a chance to meet a survivor of the attack complete your morning at the Memorial.
This is the way to see Pearl Harbor; with a knowledgeable E Noa guide who provides helpful insight and information, fascinating historical and cultural background-with the ease of transportation and a tour package that includes everything you need to relive Honolulu’s historic past.