Around Pearl Harbor
Some of the other point of interest around Pearl Harbor
Access to Ford Island is limited to military I.D. card holders and the USS Missouri shuttle transporting visitors to the Mighty Mo. Many of us know Ford Island, for it was one of the focal spots of the attack on December 7th, 1941. The area surrounding Ford Island was more commonly known as Battleship Row. The island itself served as an airfield for the Navy’s air planes. Moku-‘ume’ume (‘ume’ume game island), the Hawaiian name for the island, is so named for a game which childless couples played on the island. During the latter part of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Moku-‘ume’ume was a favored royal retreat.
Bridge to Ford Island.
Completed in mid-1998, this bridge provides the first direct access to the island. Prior to this, one had to use a Naval ferry. With the completion of the bridge, there is a vision that the island will become developed.
When the Japanese attacked O’ahu’s military installations on December 7th, 1941, Hickam suffered extensive property damage, aircraft losses and personnel casualties totaling 189 killed and 303 wounded.
Hickam AFB now consists of 2,850 acres of land valued at more than $350 million. Sharing its runways with Honolulu International Airport, Hickam and the H.I.A. constitute a single complex operated under a joint-use agreement.
Honolulu International Airport.
In pre contact times, the area between Pearl Harborand Ke’ehi (tread upon) Lagoon was rich with abundant fishponds. The area has been dredged, and today Honolulu International Airport dominates the site, serving international, domestic, and inter island passengers and freight carriers, and industrial areas. Honolulu’s main post office is also located on the airport grounds.