Josh and I kicked off 2020 with our lovely friends visiting. Unfortunately, our weather wasn’t exactly cooperating for their trip. However, we were able to squeeze in a beach walk, lots of good food, Pearl Harbor, and a couple hikes. Ready for them to come back!
Started the New Year off with a walk on Kailua beach.
Our final stop of the day from our tour of Ford Island on Sunday was the USS Missouri. Last year, Josh, my mom and I toured the USS Midway in San Diego (which was awesome) and this was pretty similar. The Midway was definitely larger than the Missouri, but both were pretty cool experiences!
I thought this was a cool shot.
The spot where the instrument of surrender was signed to end WW II.
Instrument of Surrender.
One of the many dining areas.
Josh. Taking vegetables seriously since 1985.
Marines bunking area.
View from the deck.
Plaque in honor of the marines that served on the USS Missouri.
This past Sunday, Josh and I ventured to Ford Island to wander around and see what was there. I knew there were memorials, but wasn’t sure where they were or what to expect. Our Sunday turned out to be an amazing day. We were able to see the USS Utah (still in the water from when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor), the USS Oklahoma memorial, the USS Missouri (which is where the instrument of surrender was signed during World War II in Tokyo Bay) and finally the Pacific Aviation Museum. We also had a great view of the USS Arizona Memorial. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful way to end the weekend!
Our first stop was the USS Utah. The Utah, like the Arizona, remains in the water along with the crew that went down with it during the attack on Pearl Harbor. There was only one person rescued from the USS Utah.
Driving over the bridge onto Ford Island.
The plaque for the USS Utah.
The USS Utah memorial.
The panoramic of the ship. The white buoy marks the end of the ship.
From the distance.
After the Utah, we drove to the other side of the island and took in some of the views there.
Views of Pearl Harbor.
A plaque for the USS Oklahoma.
Next, we headed to the Pacific Aviation Museum. We didn’t go in the museum, but walked around outside checking out all of the old aircrafts. Pretty cool.
All of the planes, helicopters, etc. at the museum.
Inside of a rather large helicopter.
Our final stops before touring the USS Missouri (more on that in the next post), were the memorials for the USS Oklahoma and viewing the USS Arizona from shore.