Preparing for Your Visit to Pearl Harbor
You've finally decided to see a major slice of American history: Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. As you prepare yourself for your Pearl Harbor visit, keep the following things in mind so you are absolutely prepared for your trek back through time to December 7th, 1941, the day Japan stunned the United States with a devastating aerial attack.
You Can’t Predict the Weather
The most challenging aspect of any outdoor experience is that the weather is going to do what it wants to do. While it’s very likely that you’ll be greeted by a warm, sunny day with clear skies, the winter months in Hawaii do come with more unpredictable weather patterns. Pay attention to weather reports and if it’s even the slightest bit cloudy, consider bringing a windbreaker or other light jacket to keep you from getting chilly in the rain.
Respecting the History, Following the Rules
A place like Pearl Harbor, with so much history while still being home to vital military assets, requires a lot of security, and since the September 11, 2001 attacks, it's increased even further.
When you visit Pearl Harbor, you’ll want to leave behind any sort of bag that can conceal items. Purses, handbags, diaper bags, hip packs, and camera bags are all prohibited from entering. There is storage facility near the Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, but it's simpler to just leave your bags at your hotel. Try not to travel with too much excess stuff if you can avoid it.
As you prepare for your day at Pearl Harbor, remember that you’re visiting a historic location where over 2,000 people gave their lives defending their country. Be respectful in your attire and leave the profane or graphic shirts at home. At the USS Arizona Memorial, National Park Rangers have the authority to turn visitors in inappropriate attire away.
The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites aren’t places for animals. Because of this, all pets are prohibited from entering. Service animals are welcome with appropriate documentation. While Pearl Harbor is wheelchair accessible, you will need to bring your own. The park does not have wheelchairs on site.
If you’re traveling with a young one, keep in mind that the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, Battleship Missouri, and Bowfin Submarine Park and Museum do not allow strollers. Strollers can be stored near the theater entrance.