One of the things on our Hawaiian Bucket List was to go to the USS Arizona Memorial. We had previously gone but couldn’t get tickets to see the actual memorial but we were able to walk around sans kids and actually read and take in the museum. Prior to leaving the island, we stayed in Waikiki for 9 days and Hubs decided that we were going to get to the memorial.
You can get tickets to the memorial 2 ways: go there at 7 am to pick up tickets or reserve them online. Tickets are free but if you do it online, you have to pay a reservation fee. We chose to do it online and paid the $6. Since we didn’t have a car, we didn’t want to mess around with taxis. From our hotel, we took a shuttle (which was terrible, the dude tried to pocket $19 as a tip and nearly drove off without letting us get the stroller from the trunk). Once we got to the memorial, you watch a film inside a theater and then take a Navy boat – which they LOVE to tell you is Navy boat – to the memorial itself. You get 15-20 minutes to look around and then you head back.
Before heading to the memorial, we told the kids they needed to be quiet and look around nicely and they did a really good job. Neither ran around or yelled. They just looked at all the things and asked questions about the movie they saw. The movie shows actual footage of the Pearl Harbor attacks so they had a lot of questions. On the boat ride home, they went back to being goofy but when it counted, they were quiet which I was happy about because this is a place for quiet reflection and I did NOT want to be “those people.”
Overall, it was nice to have a complete visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. I’m glad we went. Have you been to the memorial?