Corbitt's National Parks
     USS Arizona


1980: Memorial

Size: 11 acres

2008 visitors: 1,407,879

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About the Site

This Memorial was established to remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 who lost their lives when the Arizona sunk that day. Their names are inscribed on the memorial wall. In 2008, President Bush established by Presidential Proclamation the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which apparently encompasses the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. So I may need to change this title soon.

The Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. Naval base in Honolulu harbor on Oahu sparked the United States' entry into World War II. The Arizona was the most severely damaged of the battleships that were bombed, and the only one that was not salvaged from the shallow harbor floor.

What You're Going to See

Visitors take a shuttle boat to the memorial, which is situated directly above the Arizona. Some of the ship's gun turrets are visible below the surface. Yes, one fuel tank still leaks a drop of oil every few seconds; it rises to the surface and spreads in rings to mingle with the rose petals dropped by visitors.

Personal Observations

We visited the Memorial many years ago, in 1993. I understand a new and improved visitor center is under construction. The current visitors center is complete and large, offering a 23-minute film among its exhibits. Tourists from all nations can be found there.

Getting There

From Waikiki, take H1 west, past the Honolulu International Airport, to the Arizona Memorial/Stadium Exit. It's about a 30-minute drive.

Nearby Attractions

There are no other Parks on Oahu, but Maui has the Haleakala National Park, Molokai has Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and the island of Hawaii has Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

The nearest other Park, nearly 2,400 miles away, is Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

Visited 1993.