Plan to check in for your morning flight at least 1.5 hours before the scheduled departure at Kauai’s inter-island terminal, and take in aerial views of the Garden Isle and Oahu on the short flight to Honolulu. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a representative and transferred directly to Pearl Harbor. Begin with a brief orientation to the day’s itinerary and a visit to the Road to War Museum and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, where you can get a historical overview of the December 1941 Japanese attack and watch real footage of the bombing.
Next, take a short boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, and skip the line with priority entry to this monument built above the sunken wreckage of a battleship where more than 1,000 US servicemen lost their lives in the attack. Another provided transfer takes you to Ford Island for a walk around the USS Missouri, site of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of World War II. Learn more about this decorated battleship on your choice of a self-guided audio tour or a 30-minute live tour.
Continue on with stops at the USS Oklahoma Memorial and the USS Bowfin submarine, including an audio-guided tour. Finish up your time in Pearl Harbor at the Pacific Aviation Museum, where you can see vintage and modern aircraft and browse exhibits illustrating how life on Oahu was changed by the war.
Finally, time permitting, take a short city tour of Honolulu on the transfer back to the airport. See landmarks like Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, Washington Place, First Church, and the King Kamehameha Statue from the comfort of a vehicle before boarding your return flight to Kauai.