Monday, April 22, 2013

HONOLULU, HI: Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk offers Historic Pearl Harbor package

Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk recently unveiled its new “Historic Pearl Harbor” package intended to provide visitors to Oahu an enhanced opportunity to delve into an iconic part of the island’s history.

With a four-night stay, guests will receive two full-day “Passport to Pearl Harbor” passes to visit and explore four Pearl Harbor historic sites: the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

“With our ‘Historic Pearl Harbor’ package, guests will have the chance to remember, honor and understand how the surprise air attack of the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was the catalyst to Americans officially entering World War II,” Susan Koehler, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, said in a news release announcing the package.

The Mighty "Mo"
The Passports include an audio tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center; admission to the USS Missouri and a choice of either a guided tour, two audio tours, or a self-guided tour; admission to the Pacific Aviation Museum; and admission to the submarine USS Bowfin. The passes enable visitors to experience all of Pearl Harbor without trying to fit it all into a single day and, conveniently, the two days covered by the passports can be used up to seven days apart.


“Passports to Pearl Harbor” are also available through the USS Missouri’s Web site at www.USSMissouri.org, www.PearlHarborHistoricSites.org, and others. The cost is $65 for adults and children 13 and over, and $35 for children ages 4 to 12.

Though passes to visit the USS Arizona Memorial are free, quantities are strictly limited. Tickets are available on a walk-in basis but waits can be long. Audio tours and other add-ons come at a cost.

"During the busy summer months, the limited number of program tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program are distributed quite quickly! Making an advance reservation via www.Recreation.gov is the best (and only) way to ensure that you will have a ticket for a particular day and time,” according to the Recreation.gov website.

King Kamehameha
Located 3,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States’ mainland and 4,000 miles from Japan, Pearl Harbor was strategically important in the years leading up to, and during, World War II and today serves as a central place to learn and reflect on America’s past.

More information about the “Passport to Pearl Harbor” tour passes from Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk’s “Historic Pearl Harbor” package can be found online at www.pearlharborhistoricsites.org/deals.

Pearl Harbor isn’t the only historic site to see on Oahu. Visitors to the island – especially first-time visitors – should be sure to visit the Iolani Palace, the cliff of the Pali (off the Pali Highway), the Kamehameha statue, and the Dole Pineapple Plantation, at the very least.

More a tropical playground than the tropical paradise it was in the early years of statehood, before commercialization took hold, Oahu offers other attractions as well, including a foodie scene.

Bon voyage, and aloha!

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