Battleships of World War II departing Maui
About Your Tour
Experience an epic journey back in time that starts with the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the U.S. into World War II and finishes with the September 2, 1945 surrender that ended the global conflict.
As you arrive at Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial Experience begins with the 23-minute documentary about the attack. Learn how 1,177 seamen tragically perished when the USS Arizona was bombed and sank within minutes. Next, a Navy vessel will transport you across the harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial suspended over the sunken battleship – the final resting place for those fallen heroes. Step aboard the Memorial and notice an air of quiet contemplation and honor. Pay your respects to these brave seamen in the Shrine Room where their names and ranks are etched in marble. And look into the harbor where oil drops – “Black Tears of the Arizona” – continue to rise to the surface from the hull after nearly 80 years.
The tour continues at the USS Missouri – “The Mighty Mo” – where the Japanese formally surrendered on September 2, 1945 while the ship was in Tokyo Bay, Japan, bringing WWII to its final close. You’ll be amazed by the massive guns capable of firing shells over 20 miles and learn the story of the dent caused by a crashing Kamikaze pilot.
Leaving Pearl Harbor, the tour continues to Historic Downtown Honolulu where your expert guide will discuss Hawaii’s royal history while pointing out famous landmarks associated with islands’ time as a kingdom: Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, King Kamehameha the Great Statue, and Aliiolani Hale.
From WWII history to Hawaii’s royal past, few tours compare to the Battleships of World War II at Pearl Harbor. Book this inter-island tour from Maui today.