Day 4 in Honolulu - Pearl Harbor, Hickam AFB and surrounding areas
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No visit to Honolulu is complete without a visit to The USS Arizona Memorial. The Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese launched a surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor. The national memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States. Experience history through the national memorial's program tour, museum, and wayside exhibits. The museum has tons of artifacts from the period. Get started early, expect long lines and tons of tourists (especially the Japanese - they are very fascinated with why their country launched the attack). Make a reservation to catch a launch over to the memorial itself for a view of the wall listing the names of all the seamen that died as well as the oil that bubbles up from the wreckage creating a slick that can be seen from the air. If you don't arrive early, there's a good chance the launch schedule to the memorial will be filled for that day.
If you have a U.S. Department of Defense I.D. or know someone that does, I highly recommend going over to Hickam AFB to see hangar row and the office buildings along the flight line. You can't get as close as you used to (and also recommend no pictures unless you want a visit by USAF Security Police!) but it's worth going to at least see some of the damage inflicted to the buildings from the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Yes, they've never repaired the exterior of many of the buildings along the flight line as a reminder of the attack. I'm glad they didnt because it adds to the nostalgia of the buildings as well. In October 1985, the Secretary of the Interior designated the flightline area of Hickam (including base operations, the hangars, and the Hale Makai) as a National Historic Landmark. This placed Hickam AFB on the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing it as one of the nation's most significant historic resources associated with World War II in the Pacific.