Pearl Harbor is a beautiful memorial.
I was there a few years back as part of my I’ve-never-been-to-Hawaii tour (which, incidentally, was the trip I was on when I launched this site). When you’re on the Big Island, going to Pearl Harbor is one of the most essential visits you can make, once you get beyond the beach at Waikiki.
There are a number of sites at Pearl Harbor, but the centerpiece, surely, is the USS Arizona, still sitting in the harbor, just below the water line. You actually take a boat out to the site, to a floating memorial which sits above—but doesn’t touch—the sunken battleship.
It’s haunting, beguiling, and serves as a reminder that history isn’t just stuff that happened in the past. It’s sitting right there, as lessons for anyone brave enough to look hard at it.
I loved the visit, of course, but what I remember most strongly, was the visit I made to the ATM.