This is a 6 day/5 night trip to The Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is a Costco travel package that covers flights, hotels and activities.
We took 5 hours 20 minutes from San Francisco (SFO) to Maui (OGG) via Hawaiian Airlines. Then we transferred via another Hawaiian Airlines that took us about 40 minutes from Maui (OGG) to Honolulu (HNL).
We stayed in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa that is only a street away from the famous Waikiki Beach.
We went to Pearl Harbor where we visited Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. This is what we learned:
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by the Japanese Naval Forces. This loss of life represents over half of the Americans killed during the worst naval disaster in American history.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
The battleship witnessed the end of WWII. On September 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri, representatives of the Allied and Axis powers met in solemn ceremony to “conclude an agreement by which peace can be restored”.
USS Bowfin Submarine
During WWII, USS Bowfin served in the Pacific and spent most of her patrols in the South China Sea, Celebes Sea, off the East coast of Japan, and into the Sea of Japan.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
There was Hangar 37 when we visited the museum. An extended Hangar 79 was being built when I posted this trip.
In Hangar 37, a 42,000 square foot former seaplane hangar that survived the December 7, 1941 attack, we saw exhibits including an authentic Japanese Zero in a diorama setting on the deck of the Japanese carrier Hiryu, a P-40 fighter of the type airborne from Wheeler and Haleiwa Field on the fateful day, an actual B-25B Mitchell similar to one used in the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April, 1942.
Then we also saw an SBD Dauntless dive bomber which is the centerpiece in our retelling of the Battle of Midway. An authentic F4F Wildcat is featured in the Guadalcanal diorama as the story of the “Cactus Air Force” is told.
“AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR THIS IS NO DRILL.” These were the first words broadcast from Ford Island as the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor commenced. The control tower has stood guard over Pearl Harbor and Ford Island for nearly seven decades.
We stayed in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa for the night.