About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor today to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. A vintage World War II-era airplane — a 1944 North American SNJ-5B — flew overhead to break the silence. The Hawaii Air National Guard has used its fighter jets and helicopters to perform the flyover for many years, but federal budget cuts prevented it from participating this year. About 50 survivors returned to Pearl Harbor for the ceremony.
Pearl Harbor, named for the pearl oysters once harvested there, is the largest natural harbor in Hawaii, a World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark. The devastating aerial attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in 2,390 dead and hundreds wounded, and drove the United States into World War II. Pearl Harbor honors this history-changing event with the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites:
The USS Arizona Memorial is a place to learn about this historic attack and pay your respects to the brave soldiers that fell that day. Begin at the Visitor Center where you can watch a film about the attack and view plaques honoring lives lost on that fateful day. You’ll then take a boat shuttle to the USS Arizona Memorial, a floating memorial built over the sunken hull of the Battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the ship’s crew. In the shrine room, a marble wall exhibits the names of the men who lost their lives on the Arizona. Poignant and powerful, this is a place where visitors come face to face with the devastating effects of war.
Battleship Missouri Memorial General Macarthur accepted the unconditional Japanese surrender that ended WWII on September 2, 1945 on the Surrender Deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Now located at Pearl Harbor’s historic Battleship Row, the massive “Mighty Mo” is a living museum, with exhibits spanning three wars and five decades of service. Explore the decks of this 60,000-ton Battleship, three football fields long and twenty stories tall. Stand on the Surrender Deck and view the documents that ended the war. Take a tour and get special access to restricted areas. You won’t want to miss the ship’s most stunning feature: towering 16-inch guns that could fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles.
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park The U.S.S. Bowfin (SS-287) is one of the 288 U.S. submarines that carried out the war in the Pacific during World War II. Explore the 10,000 square foot submarine museum to learn about the battle under the seas. A tour of the grounds will take you to a Waterfront Memorial honoring submariners lost in WWII as well as interactive gun and torpedo exhibits. Step onboard the USS Bowfin, also known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” for a panoramic view of the harbor. Step below decks and walk through an authentic submarine, touring its torpedo room, engine room, and sleeping quarters. In the Bowfin’s claustrophobic quarters you may ask yourself if you have what it takes to be a submariner.
Pacific Aviation Museum Located within former WWII airplane hangars on Pearl Harbor’s Ford Island, the Pacific Aviation Museum is an immersive aviation museum complete with interactive simulators and exhibits showcasing the stories behind authentic WWII fighter planes and bombers. Explore the battle in the skies in Hangar 37, a 42,000 square foot airplane hangar that survived the Pearl Harbor attack. See planes like an authentic Japanese Zero and a B-25B Bomber, similar to the one used in the famous “Doolittle Raid” on Japan in 1942. Gain a new perspective on the war at the Pacific Aviation Museum.
USS Oklahoma Memorial Dedicated on December 7th, 2007, the USS Oklahoma Memorial honors the 429 crewmen who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack. Approximately nine torpedoes hit “The Okie,” capsizing this 35,000-ton battleship in only twelve minutes. Some crewmen were actually trapped in compartments below deck after the ship capsized. They used hammers and wrenches to signal rescue crews on the surface. Two days after the attack, thirty-two men were rescued from the overturned hull of the Oklahoma.
There are many different companies offering a variety of tours for you pleasure. A good website to check out is adventureinhawaii.com
Information for this post taken from www.gohawaii.com
We recently added a new page to our website called Deals and Discounts. On this page you will find businesses recommended by our clients that offer great deals on Hawaii Island activities. Today we are featuring one of those businesses called Tom Barefoot’s Tours.
There is so much to do on your dream vacation to Hawaii…While planning what to do on your dream vacation, check out Tom Barefoot’s tours to get the best deal available in booking your event. Below is some information from their website…
We are Hawaii’s largest source for discounted activity tickets. We’ve been in business since 1975 and throughout our history we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Hawaii’s visitors arrange their vacation activities. Our service provides many advantages over booking your activities with one of our competitors, or directly with an activity company.
Why Choose Tom Barefoot’s Tours
- Price – Our “Low Price Guarantee” makes certain you will receive the best pricing on all your tours. If you find a better price elsewhere, just show us where you found it and we’ll beat the price.
- Honest Advice - It doesn’t take a genius to know when someone is stretching the truth to try to sell you something. Chances are if you called up any of the activity companies that we work with directly and asked them if they are the best at what they do they would tell you “Yes” without any hesitation. (Which makes sense, because it is in their best interests to do so.) At Tom Barefoot’s Tours we operate our company a bit differently. If you call us and ask us what the “best” activity is we will normally respond first asking you some questions about your group so we can get a better idea of what might appeal to you. After carefully listening to your answers we will then make recommendations based on the specific wants and needs of your group.
- Quality Experience – Most of the staff at Tom Barefoot’s Tours have been with us for many years and in fact some have been working with us for over 20 years. The staff at Tom Barefoot’s Tours is highly trained, professional, courteous and helpful. When you place an order online your own personal tour and activity consultant will process your order and then personally contact you with your confirmation and check in information. Each one of our agents has their own contact number so if you would like to you can choose to work with the same person throughout your whole vacation.
- Largest Selection – The Tom Barefoot’s Tours web site is the most comprehensive tour and activity website in the State of Hawaii consisting of thousands of pages of information, photos, audio narratives, discounted pricing and much more.
- Credibility – Tom Barefoot’s Tours is recommended by Frommer’s Travel Guides, Fodors Travel Guides, Complete Idiot’s Travel Guides, Hawaii For Dummies Travel Guides, Best of Hawaii Travel Guides, Rough Travel Guides, Lonely Planet Hawaii Travel Guides, Moon Handbooks Hawaii Travel Guides and many more.
- Security – Tom Barefoot’s Tours is committed to providing a safe and secure on-line shopping experience. We offer three methods to order your Hawaiian tours and activities, you can: Purchase on-line, call our toll-free phone number, or visit our showroom on Maui.
- No Ticket Pick-up Required – We will email copies of your tickets to you. If you don’t have access to a printer we can send them directly to your activity and then you can check in with your confirmation number. When you book activities with Tom Barefoot’s Tours you are not required to come to our location for your tickets and then be asked, as others do, if you’d like to sign up for a time-share presentation.
Tom and Jake Barefoot
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Another local favorite place to eat on the Big Island is TEX DRIVE IN, located in beautiful Honoka’a, which once was a thriving sugar plantation on the Hamakua Coast. They been serving “ono Kine grindz” (local Hawaiian food), plus other popular menu items, for 43 years.
TEX has been published in airline magazines, Sunset Magazine, Bon Apetit’ and many other publications, and the restaurant has been featured in numerous venues. So, come join us on the covered open air patio and enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean with all the sights and sounds of Hawaii! Watch our world famous Malasadas being hand made in our bakery from the viewing window.
When some things of old change they have a tendency to leave the past sadly behind but for everyone involved including its loyal patrons the new look of Tex Drive In in Honokaa is a welcome sight.
By far the busiest spot in Honokaa, Tex Drive In, is an eatery that plays host to not only local patrons but a countless number of tour busses filled with island visitors that make their way around Hawaii.
Famous for her malasadas (Hawaiian donuts) Tex Drive In owner Ada Pulin-Lamme took a big leap this past Summer and completely remodeled her Hamakua restaurant.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of this face lift was when the County of Hawaii Health Department issued Tex Drive In a special permit to operate a makeshift kitchen in the parking lot during the heavy construction months of June & July.
Not only was Ada able to continue operating her business during this time of construction but she was also able to preserve the jobs of her many loyal employees. This cooperation was a great example of how local government and business can work together for the benefit of all.
The newly renovated Tex Drive In features a 21st century contemporary look that includes an expanded indoor dining room with optional table service, outside seating to accommodate 50 guests, and even a glass viewing room where guests can watch Ada’s new malasada factory in the working. To accommodate larger groups a special buffet service is now available.
Among the popular selection of menu items featured at the new Tex Drive In are a variety of freshly made tortilla spinach tomato Tex wraps like the China style wrap with stir fry vegetables, chicken or fish.
When done dining and before making the long winding journey back to Hilo or Kona, travelers can look forward to a relaxing stroll to stretch their driving legs in Ada’s own garden. The garden even includes such plant rarities as cinnamon and apricots.
Now ready to accommodate visitors well into the next millennium Tex Drive In is really worth the stop. Congratulations Ada!