There is not an official Pearl Harbor dress code, but rangers reserve the right to ask visitors to leave if they are dressed inappropriately.
What is inappropriate dress?
Bathing Suits and profane t-shirts are inappropriate. Shirts are required and showing excessive skin is inappropriate.
Remember that Pearl Harbor is a site of tremendous loss of life in service to our country. Many of the men of the USS Arizona are still in the ship. You don’t need to dress as if you are going to a cemetery, but you should be respectful.
Sandals are permissible. Flip flops, or as we refer to them in Hawaii, slippahs, are also acceptable.
Suggestions for what to wear at Pearl Harbor
If you read the Pearl Harbor Security Policies, you are aware that you cannot take bags or purses. Instead, clever visitors wear clothing like cargo shorts with pockets to hold their belongings. While this policy could be changed, it is currently allowed.
We also suggest you bring a jacket. Often people imagine that Hawaii has only one temperature, but it can get chilly and can rain. You do not want to miss out on the outdoor exhibits if it is raining. A rain jacket will make your trip more comfortable. Also if you find the theaters cold you may put on your jacket.
Military visitors to the National Monument are within the boundary of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and military regulations relating to military dress are enforced by Navy personnel. Per the Pacific Commander, military visitors in uniform are required to dress in Class “B” or better in order to gain access to the shuttle boats to the USS Arizona Memorial. Battle dress uniform is not allowed on the USS Arizona Memorial, though it is allowed throughout the visitor center and at sites on Ford Island. Military visitors are welcome to wear civilian clothes when they visit.
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