The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor Hawaii is both one of the top sights in Hawaii and is also one of the most historically important. More than two thousand American soldiers and civilians passed away that fateful day on December 7, 1942 and this somber memorial pays their heroic memories due honor. Entrance into the statue itself is free, as is a ride out to the popular USS Arizona Memorial, although they are on a first come first served basis. There are also a variety of other attractions to see, including the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri, and the freshly remolded Pacific Aviation Museum. In addition to the museum, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center itself undertook a drastic renovation at the end to 2010 that permitted this beautiful open-air facility to better take advantage of the picturesque Hawaiian bay that it sits near. If you are on Oahu, do not miss your chance to tour and learn at this truly historic location. The best time to visit is right away in the morning, before the tour buses arrive.