Hawaii Vacations

pearl harbor arizona memorial
Photo courtesy of Joe Solem

 

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was originally a river, which early Hawaiians called Wai Momi or "river of pearl," because of its numerous oyster beds. Today, Pearl Harbor is Hawaii's largest harbor and the nation's only naval base designated as a National Historic Landmark with three significant memorials: the USS Arizona Memorial, honoring the 1,100 men of the Pearl Harbor attack; the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living museum of the most celebrated and last-built battleship; and the USS Bowfin Museum, featuring a World War II submarine, a Japanese mini submarine and extensive submarine history.