With over 2 million visitors per year, Pearl Harbor is the most visited site in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most popular memorials at Pearl Harbor, attracting curious visitors who wish the see the sunken ship. The memorial is built on top of the sunken Battleship USS Arizona located on Battleship Row at Ford Island. The 75-minute tour includes a 25-minute film, a Navy boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, and time to walk through the Memorial and time to give your respects.
Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial starts with a shuttle boat to the USS Arizona Memorial where you will board the memorial followed by an introduction by a National Park Ranger, and an impressive 23-minute documentary film. The only way to access the Arizona Memorial is by this Navy Shuttle boat on this tour.
The first room of the memorial holds flags of the states from which the eight battleships of Battleship Row were named and a state flag from Utah from which the USS Utah was named. The USS Utah was not on battleship row, but still rests in Pearl Harbor and is memorialized on the far side of Ford Island.
The second room of the memorial is the large open area where you can reflect quietly and view the remains of the sunken USS Arizona below. Ceremonies are held in the Assembly Room.
In the back of the memorial is a marble wall with the names of the 1,177 Sailors and Marines who died on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. This room is called The Shrine Room and it also honors the men who served on the USS Arizona and survived, but have chosen to be interred along with their shipmates.
Manning the Rail - If your visit is when a ship is entering Pearl Harbor, you may witness sailors “manning the rail”. This is a beautiful tradition to honor all who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Sailors stand along the rails of their ship and salute the memorial.