We get up literally at the crack of dawn and set off in search of Pearl Harbor. We find it with ease and make our way through the entrance - it's pretty busy even at this early hour.
We are directed towards the museums as a starting point - these are free and give really good insight into the lead up to and occurances on that day - it's shocking and sad to hear how there were so many warnings, they knew the jap planes weren't at their base and saw an influx of planes on the radar but ignored it all. The museums house some really interesting pieces of memorabilia such as a soiled sailors uniform, Victorian crosses presented and artillery used.
They have live video reels with survivors recounting the attack - it's pretty emotional stuff. We move on then around the harbour side which is covered in memorial plaques dedicated to Heros. They have memorials also dedicated to the subs/ships that were sunk ie the Arizona memorial is really sad, there's a bridge style cross erected over the sunken ship for people to walk on that ship in particular still has 900 men entombed. So sad.
They also have a sub available for touring at $12 Matt explores the Bowfinger sub and gets great shots of the cramped living conditions the crew had to survive - it's so cramped!!
We finish up and drop the car back to enterprise rentals - it's only 10am and it's been a great morning. We decide to do a bit of sunbathing around 1pm and make tracks for the Waikiki beach - it's a lovely day and we're blissfully crisping up!
We move on round 4pm and head to snappers bar which does a great happy hour at $3 a Mai tai we have quite a few of these and head back to our room pretty merry!