2008 Hawaii travel blog

View from Nuuanu Pali State Park

USS Utah Memorial in Pearl Harbor

USS Missouri - The Japanese signed the papers on this ship in...

USS Arizona Memorial

Part of the USS Arizona

USS Arizona Memorial with part of the ship in the water to...

USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial

We spent our first day sightseeing with my brother Joe as our tour guide. We started by driving to the overlook in Nuuanu Pali State Park. The skies were overcast and it rained off and on but we could still appreciate the beautiful view of the ocean, mountains and valley. We toured Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial in the afternoon. The tour was one of the hightlights of the trip. Joe's wife Kelli had made reservations for us to take a Navy tour from the Navy boathouse in Pearl Harbor. We had a Navy guide who filled us in on a lot of the history. We toured a museum filled with photographs of the attack on Pearl Harbor and watched a film about it. We then boarded a boat with about 30 other people and rode through the harbor. We went by some of the memorials to other ships that were lost. We passed by the USS Missouri where the formal surrender papers were signed by the Japanese in Tokyo Harbor to end World War II. We docked at the Arizona Memorial and spent some time there. The memorial is built above the remaains of the ship. You can see parts of the ship sticking above the water. You can see oil floating on the water where the ship leaks about a quart of oil per day into the harbor. This oil is called the "tears of the Arizona". Survivors from the crew say that the oil will continue to leak until the last survivor dies.

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