Pearl Harbor is the biggest natural lagoon on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Island Chain. For the ancient Hawaiians, the harbor was a place of spiritual significance and a source of sustenance. Today, Pearl Harbor is the location of the United States Pacific Fleet.
Nevertheless, in November 1941 Japanese officials had come to Washington D.C. to negotiate possible solutions to the heightened tensions between Japan and the United States. Despite these negotiations, on December 1, 1941 Emperor Hirohito approved a "war against United States, Great Britain and Holland". This war would commence with a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at it's main military base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Still, no declaration of war was made by Japan.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese led directly to the U.S. entering into World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe). On December 8, 1941 the United States of America declared war on the Empire of Japan.
- The USS Arizona Memorial
- The USS Bowfin Submarine museum
- The Battleship Missouri Memorial
- The Pacific Aviation Museum
For more information about the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, please visit www.recreation.gov.