You'll Want To Visit This Tiny Hawaii Island Overflowing With History
By Megan Shute|Published September 06, 2017
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
The Hawaiian Islands are steeped in history, though there is perhaps no place more integral to United States’ history than Pearl Harbor. While the U.S. Government did not obtain exclusive use of the area – and the right to maintain a repair station for ships – at Pearl Harbor until 1887, it has since become one of the country’s most well-known historic landmarks. This, of course, is due to the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, the fateful event which was the immediate cause of America’s entry into World War II.
Today, Pearl Harbor is one of two main bases for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, as well as a living piece of history, with several museums and memorials open to the public. And though, as a whole, Pearl Harbor is extremely historic, there is nowhere in the harbor more historic than Ford Island.
For more information about Ford Island, and to arrange a tour without base access, visit the Discover Hawaii Tours website. Never forget to be respectful while visiting these somber memorials as they mark the graves of thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.
Though visible from Ford Island, the USS Arizona Memorial is not accessible from the island but is still a fascinating historical landmark and memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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