2018 Information

Every year over a million visitors come to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites to see the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

This page is intended for people visiting these sites on or around December 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day). If you plan to visit during other times of year, follow the links above for the most up-to-date trip planning information at each individual site.


Events

On December 7 the National Park Service and the United States Navy co-host the annual National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration on the Ceremonial Lawn at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Over one thousand people typically attend, including Pearl Harbor Survivors, WWII veterans, family members, and local dignitaries. The event begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. and lasts over an hour. Arrive early if you plan to attend. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00 a.m. on December 7 (it regularly opens at 7:00 am).

Other events run from late November through December 8: view the full schedule for details.


Ceremonial Activities

The remembrance ceremony on December 7 will feature a “Missing Man” flyover by military fighters (weather permitting), a rifle salute, a vintage aircraft flyby with planes emitting patterns of decorative smoke, and the ringing of the USS Arizona bell.


Delays around Pearl Harbor

Plan for traffic delays along Kamehameha Highway and other roads leading to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam due to event traffic.


Bridge Closures

There are two planned closures of the Ford Island “Clarey” Bridge during the week of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

December 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
December 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Parking & Transportation

There are no event shuttles this year. Please carpool if possible and follow the directions below to park at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.


Directions

The physical address for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818. Expect heavy traffic around this area on the morning of December 7: arrive early if you plan to attend the main ceremony. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00 a.m. on December 7 (it regularly opens at 7:00 am). Seats will be available to the public starting at 7:15 a.m. and are expected to go quickly.

Below you’ll find suggested routes from various locations on Oahu.

From Honolulu (downtown)
Take I-H-1 W from downtown Honolulu.  Merge onto I-H-201 W and follow signs to ”Stadium Aiea” from I-H-201 W.  Moanalua Rd in Halawa. Merge onto I-H-1 W.  Keep left at the fork to continue on I-H-201 W, follow signs for Interstate H201 W/Aiea/Fort Shafter. Continue straight to stay on I-H-201 W (signs for Interstate H201 W/Aiea).  Take the exit toward Stadium Aiea.  Take Aiea Access Rd and HI-99 E and make first right off the ramp in through Richardson Field Gate.  Proceed down the hill past the Marina to the visitor center.

From West Oahu-H1E
Follow I-H-1 E and take exit 13A “Stadium/Aiea.”  Merge onto HI-78 W/I-H-201 W and take first exit to Moanalua/Aiea Access Road. Take a left on Aiea Access Rd to HI-99 E and make first right off the ramp in through Richardson Field Gate.  Proceed down the hill past the Marina to the visitor center.

From West Oahu-Kamehameha Hwy
Follow the Kamehameha Hwy W and take a right on Arizona Memorial Place.

From Windward
Take I-H-3 W to Exit 1C “Stadium Halawa.”  Take a left on Kahuapaani St. Go right on Salt Lake Blvd and then left on  HI-99 E.  Take a right on Arizona Place.


Event Security

Visitors are not allowed to bring items that offer concealment inside the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Such items include (but are not limited to) purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, and luggage. Visitors may bring wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, canes, umbrellas, jackets, sweaters, small wallets, medication, small cameras and camcorders, cell phones, and small sealable beverage containers. All items brought into the visitor center are subject to inspection and all visitors will be screened by security staff.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park has a bag storage facility near the entrance to the visitor center. On December 7th this service will be available for free from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (after which a nominal fee will be charged). Read more about the visitor center’s bag policy.


Tickets to Attractions

USS Arizona Programs
On December 7, USS Arizona Memorial programs will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Tickets will only be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:00 a.m. (one hour earlier than usual). No reserved tickets will be available for December 7th.

Note: The USS Arizona Memorial remains closed to the public while repairs are made to the dock and loading ramp.

Battleship Missouri Memorial & Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum 
Ford Island Bridge will be closed on the morning of December 7 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. After this closure, public shuttles to Ford Island will resume as normal for the remainder of the day.


Accessibility

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center offers accessible parking in the front lot. The restrooms, movie theater, exhibit galleries, bookstore, information desk and drinking fountains, Navy shuttle boats, and USS Arizona Memorial are all fully-accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.

Walking the distance between facilities can be challenging for visitors with mobility issues, although there are several benches located throughout the visitor center to facilitate rest opportunities. Due to liability reasons, the visitor center does not offer wheelchairs.

Learn more about accessibility at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.