About the Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Find out more about the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, including a description of the park, our park purpose, park significance, fundamental resources and values, and interpretive themes.
An aerial view of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Description of the Memorial

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial is located in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawai'i. Within close proximity to downtown Honolulu and the resort area of Waikiki, the Pearl Harbor site is the most visited destination on Oahu.

The USS Arizona Memorial at night.

Purpose of the Memorial

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial and its partners preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oah'u, to peace and reconciliation.
The USS Arizona and memorial, aerial view.

Significance of the Memorial

Significance statements express why a site's resources and values are important enough to merit designation as a unit of the national park system. These statements are linked to the purpose of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and are supported by data, research, and consensus.

Photo album of Paxton Turner Carter, killed aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941.

Fundamental Resources and Values

Fundamental Resources and Values are those features, systems, processes, experiences, stories, scenes, sounds, smells, or other attributes determined to warrant primary consideration during planning and management processes, because they are essential to achieving the purpose of the park and maintaining its significance.

Sailors at Ford Island Naval Air Station look on as the USS Shaw explodes in the distance. This view is of the PBY ramp with assorted aircraft scattered among the debris.  Barely seen in the background is the beached USS Nevada.

Interpretive Themes

Interpretive themes are often described as the key stories or concepts that visitors should understand after visiting a park - they define the most important ideas or concepts communicated to visitors about a park unit. Themes are derived from, and should reflect, park purpose, significance, resources, and values.

Last updated: April 15, 2019

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

National Park Service
Pearl Harbor National Memorial
1 Arizona Memorial Place

Honolulu, HI 96818


808 422-3399

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