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Inside the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor

Western Honolulu is an area of Honolulu, made up of the neighborhoods between Downtown Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. The neighborhoods of Kalihi, Moanalua, Salt Lake, as well as the Honolulu International Airport and Pearl Harbor are covered in this article.

Get in[edit]

Getting to this area from anywhere else in Honolulu is a simple matter of getting on the westbound H1 freeway and following it in. The freeway passes by the main points of interest here: the Bishop Museum (take the Kalihi Street/State Road 63 exit), the airport, and Pearl Harbor (get on State Road 99 westbound), continuing west into the suburbs past Pearl Harbor, ending at Kapolei. If coming from Waikiki or Honolulu, get on Ala Moana Boulevard and follow it west; it will become the Nimitz Highway and merge into H1 near the airport.

If taking the bus [1], routes #19 and #20 connect Waikiki and Downtown with the airport, with the 20 continuing past Pearl Harbor. Also serving Pearl Harbor from Waikiki and Downtown is the #42. If heading to Kalihi and the Bishop Museum, the #2 runs from Waikiki and Downtown.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St (H-1 west from Waikiki to exit 15B Houghtailing St, right on Houghtailing, then left on Bernice), +1 808 847-3511, [2]. W-M 9AM-5PM. Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, the last direct descendant of Kamehameha I, this massive museum is by far the largest in Hawaii, with a complex of buildings holding a excellent collection of artifacts from the islands. The main building, the Hawaiian Hall, holds three floors of exhibits on the history and culture of Hawaii, with numerous artifacts, recreations of Hawaiian villages, and a complete whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. The Science Adventure Center has exhibits on the natural history and environment of Hawaii, including a large simulated volcano that "erupts" regularly. The museum also features a planetarium, a Hawaii sports hall of fame, and plenty of traveling exhibits. Adults $19.95, seniors $16.95,children $14.95 , children 3 and under free (discounts for residents and military).  edit
  • Moanalua Gardens, [3]. A scenic public park is the Moanalua neighborhood, home to a small cottage which was home to Prince Lot Kamehameha (who would later become Kamehameha V) and a large monkeypod tree known as the "Hitachi Tree".

Pearl Harbor[edit]

The guns of the USS Missouri

At Kamehameha Hwy (Hawaii 99) and Kalaoa St (take H-1 west to exit 15A (Arizona Memorial, Stadium) onto Kamehameha Hwy; or Honolulu public transit buses #20 and #42).

Well known for 7 December 1941, the "day that lived in infamy", when a surprise attack by Japanese forces killed over 2,000 U.S. military personnel and brought the U.S. into World War II. Today the harbor, still functioning as a navy base, is the site of several memorials honoring the fallen of the war.

  • USS Arizona Memorial, +1 808 422-0561 (fax: +1 808 483-8608), [4]. Daily 7:30AM-5PM; Closed Thanksgiving, 25 Dec, 1 Jan. This memorial, built over the hull of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, commemorates the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the U.S. into World War II. It also serves as the final resting place for many of the 1,177 who died here. Visitors view an interpretive film, then board ferry boats which run from the visitor center to the memorial. Tickets are given out on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited; tickets may run out by noon on busy days. Expect wait times of about one hour. Free.  edit
  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, +1 808 423-1341, [5]. Daily 7AM-5PM. A WWII-era submarine that is open for tours, giving you a look at a life aboard a submarine. A museum attached to the submarine has artifacts from the submarine. $10, $7 military/seniors, $4 children.  edit
  • Battleship Missouri Memorial, +1 808 423-2263, [6]. Daily 9AM-5PM (ticket window closes at 4PM); closed Thanksgiving, 25 Dec, 1 Jan. A perfect companion to the USS Arizona Memorial, this battleship is best known the site where World War II ended when the Japanese military surrendered to the Allied forces. Tickets may be purchased at the USS Bowfin Museum; visitors board buses to the USS Missouri itself. $16, $8 children under 12.
  • Pacific Aviation Museum, Ford Island, next to the USS Missouri, +1 808 441-1000, [7]. Daily 9AM-5PM; closed Thanksgiving, 25 Dec, 1 Jan. A large hanger full of military aircraft from WWII, with both authentic American and Japanese aircraft. Tickets may be purchased at the USS Bowfin Museum; visitors board buses to the museum. $15, $8 children under 12.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Aloha Stadium, at Salt Lake Blvd and Kamehameha Hwy, [8]. Home to the University of Hawaii football team [9] and the annual NCAA football Hawaii Bowl [10] every December.  edit
  • Ice Palace, 4510 Salt Lake Blvd, +1 808 487-9921, [11]. An ice rink is probably the last thing you'd expect to find in a tropical city, but at least it makes for the perfect getaway if the hot climate is too much for you. If you don't own a pair of skates, there is a skate rental desk immediately when you enter the building. If skating is not of interest there is a concession stand and two arcade game rooms.  edit
  • Sand Island Beach Park, Sand Island (from the Nimitz Highway, take the Sand Island access road to the harbor). Tucked away behind an industrial area facing the Honolulu Harbor, this large park offers plenty of green lawns, excellent views of Downtown, and a very calm sandy beach that's never crowded and with fairly good swimming. No lifeguards; restrooms and picnic tables available.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, 99-500 Salt lake Blvd, +1 808 486-6704. W Sa Su 6AM-3PM. Hawaii's largest swap meet. Bring your hat, sunscreen, and bottled water and plan at least 1/2 day. The swap meet is like a giant outdoor flea market, surrounding Aloha Stadium, and features merchants offering local food items, clothing and Hawaiian souvenirs. You are unlikely to find Hawaiian souvenirs for less money anywhere else. The prices are reasonable, haggling allowed, unique items from local artists and merchants abound. Most places are cash only, but there are a few standalone ATMs on the outskirts of the swap meet. $1 per buyer, under 12 free.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Zippy's, [12]. The island equivalent of Denny's, though far more popular with the locals. There's a wide variety of food, including plate lunches at reasonable prices; their signature dish is their chili, which they prepare in many different ways: served over rice, over a burrito, or over french fries, to name a few.
    • 666 North Nimitz Hwy, +1 808 532-4205.
    • 1210 Dillingham Blvd, +1 808 832-1750.
    • 904 Mokauea St, +1 808 832-1755.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • La Mariana, off Sand Island Access Road, near the airport. Not much to speak of in terms of food or drink (their Mai Tai is alright) but the decor is straight out of a tiki-lovers paradise.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western The Plaza Hotel, 3253 N Nimitz Hwy, [13]. Located 1/2 mile from the Honolulu Airport and offers rooms and suites in a tropical setting. Features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and lounge and meeting facilities.  edit
  • OHANA Honolulu Airport, 3401 N Nimitz Hwy, +1 808 836-0661 (fax: +1 808 833-1738), [14]. Located near the Honolulu International Airport Corridor, this Honolulu hotel has something that both business travelers and vacationers can enjoy.  edit

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