If you're a WWII history fan, and especially if you're already at Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, it's well worth your time to hop on the free shuttle bus over to Ford Island and tour this retired battleship. On these decks, Japan formally surrendered to end WWII, and when you're standing here you can also see the sunken USS Arizona Memorial that originally propelled the USA into war with Japan, so (as one retired military vet who was my tour guide pointed out) these two attractions are like the bookends of WWII.
One of the extra attractions you can visit at Pearl Harbor's beautiful memorial park, the "Mighty Mo" is a truly historic and imposing piece of machinery that is well worth the entrance fee. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of this massive vessel, focusing most on the ship's deck and her array of pulverizing cannons as well as the history behind the Missouri's most well known duty. The site of the official surrender of Japan, and the end of World War II, this hulking device designed to be the ultimate example of over-water destructive force is now memorialized as a location from which peace overcame. I guess you could call that irony since it's an example of how military power can be ultimately a tool for peace rather than only destructive. However you look at it, visiting this memorial is a memorable experience that is definitely worth doing while on Oahu.
The "mighty Mo" is not a free tour but the pass isn't expensive and the tour is worth it! My grandfather was here guarding the Japanese Emperor while he signed the surrender of Japan, ending WW2. The USS. Missouri is very special and worth taking the time to see!
This memorial was fascinating and very well done! I loved seeing how a ship works as well as learning about the history of WWII.
Part of the tour when you visit Pearl Harbor, this memorial ship is very interesting to explore. If you enjoy history, this is a must in Oahu.
The bloodiest war in human history was brought to an end on this amazing ship.
A must see while you are at Pearl Harbor. This is were they signed the treaty to end World War II.
Check out this old school battle ship. You can go aboard and give it a walk through.