History buffs will enjoy this genuinely unique and personalized tour that is guided by Historians in WWII uniforms.
This marvelous tour is the only tour of World War II Battlefields that includes exclusive access to Military Bases, the Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl and includes highlights of Honolulu City. Adding to your experience, you will enjoy authentic radio and TV footage, along with fascinating bulletins, movies and music played over the PA and onboard TV's which all serve to enhance this fascinating and nostalgic look into the 1940's, an era that would change the course of history forever.
Traveling from the pier, your day starts with a visit to the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center Museum where you will view an historical documentary film that includes actual film footage from December 7, 1941. Following that, you will then board the Arizona Memorial, traveling there via a Navy shuttle boat.
From Pearl Harbor, you will follow the Japanese flight pattern to Oahu's famous Fighter Command Post - Wheeler Field. During your visit, learn about the 14 Army Air Corps Pilots who managed to get airborne on the 'Day of Infamy' and have your picture taken next to a P-40 fighter plane that was used in the movie "Tora Tora Tora".
Your next stop is historic Schofield Army Barracks, the largest Army Base outside the Continental U.S. and home to the famous 25th Infantry Tropic Lightning Division. Following your visit here, you will make your way to Fort Shafter and see the famous Quarters 5, residence of General Walter C. Short - Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific on December 7, 1941. Drive along beautiful Palm Circle and visit the "Pineapple Pentagon", Headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific Command. Before leaving, you will have the rare opportunity of dining in the Fort Shafter Military Club.
After lunch, your tour continues with a visit to the Punchbowl National Memorial - final resting place to over 35,000 Americans who proudly served their country. Later, you will learn how civilian life was drastically altered during the War Years while driving through downtown Honolulu where you will view highlights that include Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace on American soil.
Your final stop will be at the nostalgic Home of the Brave Headquarters and Private 1940's Museum, which is full of WWII memorabilia. Here, you can take your photo in the famous WWII Jeep and on the 1942 Army issue Harley Davidson Motorcycle that was used in the Disney Movie, Pearl Harbor. At the conclusion of your visit, you will be returned to the pier where your truly unforgettable tour comes to an end
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking and/or standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Swim suits and tank tops are not permitted on the Arizona Memorial and in the Military Club. No bags are allowed within the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. The "No Bag Policy" requires that all bags larger than a hand held radio; approximately 1-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches will be directed to the paid storage facility (an additional charge not included in price of tour). Camera (digital & video) without carry case, medication case (prescription only) and bottled water are permitted. Photos are allowed except where restricted by National Security. Due to Military Base Operations and National Security, actual tour routing and military sites visited may be changed or substituted without advance notice. Reservations for the Arizona Memorial are not permitted therefore all guests are on a first come first serve basis only and visitors may experience delays (Average wait time is 1.75 hours). Bring photo ID for access to Military bases. Tropic Lightening Museum at Schofield Barracks is closed on Mondays.