In between all our beach trips and cocktails, we found time to visit Pearl Harbor. This is still an active naval base, but it is now dominated by the memorials of the fateful events on December 7, 1941.
The visitors' center offers several tours, including trips onto the USS Bowfin Submarine and the Battleship Missouri. We settled for the boat out to the USS Arizona Memorial, a floating shrine over the battleship that now entombs the 1177 servicemen who perished during the attack. It was quite a sombre experience to see the skeleton of the sunken ship just below the surface of the water.