You can’t come to Hawaii and not take a tour of Pearl Harbor, especially around Memorial Day. Before visiting the USS Arizona we watched a 1/2 hour movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then we took a ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial and was able to spend about 20 minutes walking around and learning more about the ship.

There are flags of every ship that was sunk on December 7, 1941. The one in the middle is the Utah state flag for the USS Utah.

This is part of the USS Arizona.

The flag of the United States of America flying over the USS Arizona.

The names of all the men that died and are buried in the USS Arizona are on the wall in the memorial. It was very emotional and surreal being on the Memorial over the ship. 

Then we took an audio walking tour of the USS Bowfin Submarine.

We were able to walk the whole length of the submarine seeing where the crew slept, ate and worked.

This is where the torpedos were loaded.

And back on deck there were other big guns for Hubby to have fun pretending to shoot. We walked around Pearl Harbor some more, learning more about the war, weapons and people that were involved.

Then we headed for Diamond Head National Park. It’s only about a .7 mile hike but it gets pretty steep at times, especially on the stairs. It took us about 25 minutes up and 15 minutes down.

The view is worth every minute of the hike. That’s the lighthouse clear down there.  

Here’s the view looking toward our hotel on Waikiki Beach.

And looking toward the center of the crater.

Look at how windy it is on top of Diamond Head.

Here’s some of the steep steps as we’re going back down the trail.

And the tunnel as we’re going down.

Here’s some of the trail leading to the top or bottom, depending on which way you’re going.

After hiking and being gone all day we ate dinner at the restaurant by the pool. And then spent some time just relaxing before heading to our room.

Hey kids! We’ll be home in a couple days. We love you!

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