Pacific Aviation Museum
Next, we shift focus to the fighting that happened high in the air. For this, we visit the Pacific Aviation Museum. This impressive museum includes two hangars full of aircraft from nearly a century of aviation history. Anyone interested in history, physics, or engineering will take great pleasure in a visit to this museum. Look for bullet holes in the glass of the hangars: a reminder of what happened in this very place during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Cemetery of the Pacific
After this full day of exploring and taking in new information, wind down in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy the scenery on the return drive. We take a small detour along the way to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. This cemetery is set inside Punchbowl Crater, a long extinct volcanic crater just above Honolulu. As you pay your respects to the men and women buried here, don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery around you and the views of Honolulu skyline just below.
The last activity of the day is a short trip even further back in time as we pass by some historic buildings in downtown Honolulu. See the Hawaii State Capitol Building and Iolani Palace, the last royal residence and home of Queen Liliuokalani. Take some pictures by the 18-feet-tall bronze statue of King Kamehameha the Great, the man who brought all the Hawaiian Islands together into one kingdom.
This full day of history really makes the most of your time on Oahu. Don’t waste your time looking for directions and parking, standing in line and getting lost. We take care of all the details so you can enjoy your day!