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Contact: Emily Pruett, 808-226-4100
Honolulu – Pearl Harbor National Memorial is experiencing an increase in visitation as tourism returns to the state of Hawai`i. Park staff are excited to help make everyone’s visit to the Arizona Memorial special and memorable, and we would like to offer a few tips to make the most of your visit.
Plan Ahead: The month of March is always a season of increased visitation at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The park has transitioned to a touchless ticketing system managed by Recreation.gov, replacing the walk-in first-come first-served ticket distribution program. US Navy vessel capacity is limited to 50 people per program time, and all guests must have a ticket. Be sure to go to recreaton.gov to reserve your tickets well ahead of time.
Arrive Early: Road construction is ongoing in the area and visitors are advised to allow for extra time to navigate detours. Park Rangers recommend that visitors with reservations arrive on site at the Visitor Center 1-hour before their program time and check in directly with the Rangers at the Ticket Validation Desk (located at the Park Theater) no later than 10-minutes before their program time. Those that miss the last call for their program risk forfeiting their program seat. All available unoccupied seats will be filled by those waiting for standby availability.
Have a Back-up Plan: Did you miss your scheduled program time? Unable to make a reservation via recreation.gov? There are a lot of other opportunities available. You can visit the museums, watch the 23 minute park film on the open air lanai, and take in the scenic shoreline views; participate in the Pacific Historic Parks managed Audio Tour, visit the Virtual Reality Center, become a Jr Ranger (sold in the bookstore); or visit our neighboring Pacific Historic Site Partners not managed by the National Park Service: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
Do Your Homework: Check our website and social media channels for up-to-date information on trip planning tips. Pearl Harbor National Memorial, the Visitor Center, grounds, museums, and USS Arizona Memorial Program participation are free. Websites to review:
Recreate Responsibly: Remember, wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear your mask. To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit America’s national parks, face masks are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. If you don’t feel great, please stay home, rest, recover and visit us another day. Masks are always required on all US Navy transport vessels.
Last updated: March 19, 2021