The USS Arizona Memorial spans the sunken battleship in Oahu, Hawaii's Pearl Harbor.

Family Vacations in Hawaii: The USS Arizona Memorial

Include a little learning in your family vacation when you visit Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu in Hawaii stretches across the water above the sunken midsection of the battleship -- on which 1,177 crew members died during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

It's a poignant and moving reminder of the tragic event that led to America's involvement in World War II. Children will learn about the attack in a 23-minute film that precedes a short boat ride on a Navy launch to the memorial.

The memorial is divided into three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on a marble wall. Be sure to ask for the informative booklet specifically designed to help children understand what the monument represents. It guides young visitors through the events of the attack and explains the importance of remembering those who died.

The USS Arizona Memorial Information

The USS Arizona Memorial Information

Address: 1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI

Phone: 808/422-0561

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Admission: Free

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