Changes are afoot for this museum situated next to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Plan for a return later in the year to see the improvements.
Submarines were America’s ultimate stealth weapon during WWII sinking more than 5.5 million tons of enemy shipping. Docked at Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin (SS-287) served with distinction.
The museum is currently undergoing a major improvement, but the submarine, gift shop and food service is still open to visitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of those who served and lived for months aboard the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” and experience its tight quarters.
When the museum reopens later in the year, it will have a new name and feature a state-of-the-art museum and an interactive, living memorial.
All tours are self guided and include a free audio guide in seven languages. Tickets are available online, at the Pearl Harbor National Monument ticket counter, and at the ticket booth at the entry to the USS Bowfin. Open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (808) 423-1341, bowfin.org.
[A version of this article appears in print in the pages of This Week O‘ahu]