Honoring Our Fallen Heroes: Pearl Harbor

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes: Pearl Harbor

Led by Historian James M. Scott

December 3-8, 2022
March 6-10, 2023

Aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii

Overview

*The 2022 anniversary departure is one day longer than the 2023 departure

The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought World War II close to home and turned the nation’s attention to the Pacific. The HISTORY® Channel invites you to visit seminal sites of the war, see its impact and the remnants of the battle, and hear from experts about how the attack on Pearl Harbor changed the course of history. Honor our fallen heroes with visits to the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri. Experts will provide background about the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack to give you a deeper understanding of the context for this pivotal event.

Highlights

  • Visit the Valor in the Pacific National Memorials at Pearl Harbor and explore in-depth the causes and effects of World War II
  • Pay honor to the fallen with a private wreath-laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, beautifully set inside an extinct crater, where it is poignantly known as the “Hill of Sacrifice”
  • Join a military expert for a private screening and talk-back discussion of the Director’s cut of “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” the 1970s classic film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Toast the brave soldiers who fought valiantly at Pearl Harbor at Smith’s Union Bar, the oldest bar on the island and a favorite of the crew of the USS Arizona during World War II
Headshot of Historian James M. Scott

James M. Scott

A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, James M. Scott is the author most recently of Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb. His previous works include Rampage, which was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the editors at Amazon, Kirkus, and Military Times and was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History by the New York Historical Society. Other works include Target Tokyo, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The War Below and The Attack on the Liberty, which won the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award. In addition to writing, Scott is a sought-after public speaker on World War II. Over the years, he has lectured on military bases, at presidential libraries, book festivals, and in universities and museums around the world. Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Itinerary

Settle into your hotel this afternoon. Then, join your fellow travelers for an opening dinner. After, join a local historian for a private screening and talk-back discussion of the Director’s cut of “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” the acclaimed 1970s film bringing the events of Pearl Harbor to life.

Included Meal: Dinner
Accommodations: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

 

Start the day honoring those who bravely served our country since WWII at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, set within “Puowaina,” an extinct volcanic crater whose name translates to “Hill of Sacrifice.” The pathway to the cemetery is lined with a variety of memorials donated by organizations and foreign governments to honor America’s veterans, including those killed at Pearl Harbor.

After, view Honolulu’s central sites, including the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, the Kawaiahao Church, and ‘Iolani Palace, which served as Command Center during the War. Enjoy stunning views of Diamond Head Crater and bunker. Tonight, take time to explore some of Honolulu’s wonderful restaurants on your own.

Included Meal: Lunch
Accommodations: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Join a local historian for a day on historic Ford Island, a 441-acre island in the middle of Pearl Harbor. Embark on the USS Missouri (“Big Mo”), the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. Big Mo was instrumental during attacks on Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa – and it was the site of the Japanese surrender at the end of the war.

After, visit the Aviation Museum, which occupies two World War II hangars. See historic footage of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor before entering the main exhibit area, Hangar 37, to stroll among authentic World War II-era planes, including a Japanese Zero. Later, toast the bravery of our fallen heroes at Smith’s Union Bar, a historic “dive bar” in Honolulu and a popular hangout for the crew of the USS Arizona. Those who choose can attend a spirited luau with live entertainment this evening.

Included Meal: Drinks
Accommodations: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Today you will relive key moments of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the USS Arizona Memorial, and USS Bowfin. At the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, view footage of the attack and browse historic artifacts on display. Then ride the Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the Arizona Memorial, set atop the remains of the battleship, which tragically lost most of its crew — more than half of the total Pearl Harbor casualties.

Enjoy lunch on the waterfront overlooking these historic sites at Restaurant 604 before boarding the USS Bowfin, a fleet attack submarine which sank as many as 44 enemy ships in the war in “silent service.” Here you will get a sense of what it was like to live and work aboard a World War II-era submarine. The afternoon is yours to explore the island. Perhaps take a short walk to enjoy a mai tai at the iconic Royal Hawaiian, or Pink Palace of the Pacific, which opened in 1927 and was leased by the Navy to serve as a rest and relaxation center for sailors during World War II. Join your fellow travelers this evening for dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meal: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Join your Trip Historian and fellow travelers and pay respect to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. The solemn anniversary ceremony is attended each year by a dwindling number of survivors of the attack. Commemorative activities may include a wreath presentation from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, a Freedom Bell Ringing at the USS Bowfin, a performance of the Pearl Harbor Mass Band, a USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony on Ford Island, and participation by top American leadership from all branches of government. Whatever form it takes, spending December 7 in Hawaii is sure to be a meaningful experience. Celebrate your journey with a festive final meal as a group this evening.

*Day 5 is for the December 2022 anniversary departure only. The March 2023 departure is a five-day program as it does not include the anniversary events.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 
Accommodations: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Depart Honolulu this morning on individual flights home.

 

Available Dates & Pricing

December 3-8, 2022

$ 4,895
Single supplement $1,150
  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
Anniversary

March 6-10, 2023

$ 4,225
Single supplement $925
  • $500 deposit to reserve your space
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and visits, including entrance fees, as specified in the itinerary
  • James M. Scott’s book, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor
  • Ground transportation within the itinerary
  • Gratuities to porters, drivers, and guides
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager for comprehensive logistical and customer service management on the trip
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights, and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information about the destination and what to expect on the trip, including a suggested reading list
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols
Trip accommodations, Waikiki Beach Comber

Accommodations

Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger | Hawaii

The Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger is located just steps away from the sand and surf of Waikiki Beach. The hotel is home to Hawaii’s largest craft brewery and a café featuring locally grown coffee. The property also features a rooftop pool, gym, and sun terrace. Spacious guestrooms feature modern furnishings, stunning views, and private balconies.

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