Hawaii is a series of islands with countless activities and sites to behold. It is home to deep culture, blooming nature, captivating wildlife, and beautiful beaches. Not only is Hawaii a beautiful state to travel to that seems like a paradise, but it is also filled with many places of historical importance. World War II took its toll on the United State’s naval base Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and remnants of that wartime event are still present today. If you are travelling to Hawaii and its islands you should definitely make it a point to visit these following historical sites.
The USS Arizona shipwreck is a prominent historical landmark that many tourists travel to when visiting Hawaii. It is located at Pear Harbor, the naval base that became famous and known worldwide after it was attacked by Japanese Navy airplanes in 1941. The USS Arizona was a battleship that was bombed in the Pearl Harbor attack and left irreparable. The wreckage was left as a memorial site for the bombings that occurred and is a main tourist attraction in the area. The battleship can be seen from above water and oil leakage from the ship’s hull can also be viewed on the surface of the water.
The USS Bowfin submarine site is also a historical landmark that is a main tourist spot that many people visit when travelling to Hawaii. It was named the USS Bowfin after the bowfin fish. The submarine is available for tours that are open to the public where it resides at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and it is located right next to the USS Arizona shipwreck memorial Visitor Center. The USS Bowfin is famous due to its usage during World War II where it sank 16 Japanese ships and vessels. Within the museum are original artifacts from wartime and exhibits highlighting the history of the U.S. Submarine Service and memorials to the submarines and lives lost during World War II. It is and holds much historical importance, especially for anyone interested in the history of World War II, the United States’ involvement, or Hawaiian historical events.
While there are many World War II specific tourist sites to travel to when in Hawaii, there are even older sites of historical importance located in Hawaii, even dating back to prehistoric times. The Kaunolu Village site, an abandoned fishing village, is a well-preserved testament to different points in Hawaii’s historical timeline. Prehistoric fishing lures made of bone had been recovered at the site, showing just one part of the village’s ancient history. It was also the prized fishing spot of King Kamehameha I, a prominent figure in Hawaiian history.
There is no limit to the amount of historical knowledge a tourist can gain from travelling to the Hawaiian islands and visiting major landmarks and tourist attractions. The places listed and discussed here are only the tip of the iceberg, and more can be gained by visiting the beautiful islands of Hawaii for yourself.
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