The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
It was 72 years ago today that the United States was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. It marked the beginning of the United States involvement in World War II.
Every year that passes fewer survivors of the attack return to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial to pay their respects to their comrades who died on that "date that will live in infamy." In this special anniversary of the attack, the youngest of the survivors are now 90 years of age.
In honor of the 72nd anniversary we offer four features about Pearl Harbor:
A Brief History of Pearl Harbor Prior to World War II
We look at the early history of Pearl Harbor and how the area became home to the United States Pacific Fleet in the years just prior to World War II.
Lest We Forget - December 7, 1941
We look at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and its aftermath in the Teritory of Hawaii. We then examine why we must remember what happened on December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor Historical Photos
A collection of historical photos taken immediately prior to, during and after the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Sunday, December 7, 1941 as well as a number of historical photos documenting the salvage efforts which followed the raid.
Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
Hawaii's most popular tourist attraction has over 1,600,000 million visitors a year. We will help you plan your visit to this most solemn of places in Hawaii.
Honolulu Hale (City Hall) - Honolulu City Lights
Thanksgiving has come and gone and it's now just three weeks from Christmas. I have to admit that I much prefer a longer period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There's one less weekend for parades, craft fairs, and holiday celebrations with friends.
I've gathered all of the most recent information for Christmas and holiday events on each of the four major Hawaiian islands and whether you're planning to visit Hawaii over the holidays or are one of our many kama'aina readers, I hope that you find these features helpful:
- Christmas Events on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, 2013
- Christmas Events on Kauai 2013
- Christmas Events on Maui 2013
- Christmas Events on Oahu 2013
Yesterday, for the second time this year, it was reported that a second person has died in Hawaii as a result of injuries sustained in a shark attack. You can read the details in this article on MauiNow.com.
This attack, on a kayak fisherman, was the thirteenth shark attack this year in Hawaii and the eighth in the waters of Maui, most of which have been off of Maui's southern shore.
This year's attack show a sharp increase over recent years. The two fatalities in 2013 are the first in Hawaii since 2004.
The natural question is why? Why have we seen an increase and, more importantly, why have there been so many attacks off of the south Maui coast? The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had previously announced a study to see if there is a reason for these attacks that can be determined or whether these attacks are just an unfortunate occurrence.
Hawaii tourism has seen a sharp increase in visitors this year which means that there are more people in the water, however, most of the attacks have occurred in uncrowded waters.
Sadly, it is unlikely that we'll ever know why these attacks have taken place. What can locals and visitors do in order to reduce the risk of a shark attack. Check out our feature on the facts behind shark attacks in Hawaii. It also is important to learn about the sharks that you may find in the waters of Hawaii.
Maui Tropical Plantation - Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
Hawaii is known for its floral splendor and wide variety of plant life. No where can this be better seen than on the island of Maui. With its tropical rainforests, cool Upcountry slopes, and sunny western shores Maui is a botanical paradise. Driving down any road, you'll see multi colored bougainvilleas and hibiscus in almost everyone's garden.
Maui is also home to a wonderful assortment of botanical gardens, most of which are open for either guided or self-guided tours. In this feature we'll take a look at some of these beautiful gardens.
Join me for a closer look at Maui's Botanical Gardens.
"Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens nationwide tomorrow. The film is anticipated to be the biggest grossing film of the 2014 holiday season and the reviews that are in are almost all positive including the review by About.com's Rebecca Murray.
As most of you know who have followed this site for years, visitors to Hawaii love to find the places where their favorite TV shows and movies have been filmed. In recent years, it was filming locations for ABC's LOST which has garnered the most interest.
One company that has taken great advantage of visitors' desire to find the places where these films and TV shows were made, is KOS Tours which offers fantastic TV and movie tours on the island of Oahu.
The photo above shows a location where major scenes in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were filmed. Surprisingly, it's within yards of one of Hawaii's most popular resorts. If you know where this filming location can be found, take your guess in the Comments Section of this post.
With all of us carefully watching how we spend each dollar, there's nothing better than finding something to do that costs nothing or very little. Perhaps to your surprise, Hawaii still has plenty of things to do that will cost you nothing or in some cases less than $10 and some gas for the car.
Check out all of the fun things that you can do and spend very little if any money in doing them:
It suddenly occurred to me that I've forgotten to share with you several of the features I've written about Kauai in recent months.
In the first of our features on the Royal Coconut Coast Association\, we take an overall look at this association that was established in late 2012 to broaden awareness of the area of Kauai from Wailua to Kapaa as an attractive destination. Also in this first feature, we take a close look at some of the great resorts that you'll find in this beautiful area on the east coast of Kauai.
It may be the smallest of the four major Hawaiian Islands, but Kauai has no shortage of great luxury resorts. Whether a resort on the sunny southern shore in Poipu; on the beautiful north shore in Princeville or past Hanalei Town; or centrally located near Lihue town; there are great choices for you. In this feature, we take a look at our picks for some of the top luxury resorts on Kauai.
In this three-part feature, we take a look at how Kauai is the perfect island for a special wedding, honeymoon or just romantic getaway. I had the privilege of spending a week on Kauai this September, exploring some of the ways that Kauai can appeal to couple of all ages. Whether you're looking for an active, outdoor adventure-filled vacation or a quiet, restful and laid back retreat, Kauai can accommodate all of your desires.
Yesterday, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013. The law makes Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriages.
Just today, O'ahu First Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled against last minute challenges to the new law which is scheduled to take effect on December 2, 2013.
The timing will allow Hawaii residents and visitors to take advantage of 2013 tax benefits and will also be well timed for Hawaii's most bust tourist season which begins in December.
In many ways, the national drive towards legalizing same-sex marriage began in May 1991 when three gay couples sued over the State of Hawaii over the state's refusal to grant them marriage licenses. The path towards same-sex marriage in Hawaii is indeed a complex and interesting one.
Find our more about the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 in our feature Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Hawaii.
When my wife was first offered a company paid trip to Hawaii for both of us in the early 1990's, my initial reaction was not that enthusiastic. We lived on the East Coast and Hawaii was two flights at about 12 hours away. The Caribbean was much closer and just a nice, or so I thought.
Needless to say, once we arrived in Hawaii, I immediately fell in love with the islands and, now, after 30+ trips later, it's hard for me to imagine that I was, at first, reluctant to make the trip.
Luckily, for the islands, most folks don't share my initial reaction to the prospect of visiting Hawaii. In fact, surveys show that Hawaii remains one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and one that's one almost everyone's bucket list for a must place to visit.
But why is Hawaii so popular? Find out in our feature Top 10 Reasons to Visit Hawaii.
"Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
South of the Wailea Resort area the road becomes narrower and you enter a more rural part of South Maui, the Makena area.
Makena is the area where the developed area of South Maui meets the site of the most recent (1790) lava flow from Haleakala volcano. The beaches in this area of South Maui are less crowded, in many places wider, but no less excellent with great sun and swimming.
You're likely to see many boogie boarders and surfers in this area. This is where many of the South Maui locals come to spend time in the sun.
Come and explore with my Maui's Makena Coast Photo Gallery.