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The USS Missouri's 16-Inch Guns
Photo by Darrell Grindstaff
Exploring the Battleship Missouri
For the United States, World War II began on December7, 1941, when a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor sank or damaged 21 naval vessels. For the world, WWII ended on Sep. 2, 1945, when Japanese forces surrendered on board the USS Missouri.

Today, the USS Missouri or “Mighty Mo” is permanently anchored in Pearl Harbor a ship’s length away from the wreckage of the USS Arizona. The Arizona sank during the December 7 attack and its loss claimed 1,177 crewmen, more than half of the lives lost that day. The two ships serve as bookends to the American involvement in WWII.
The USS Missouri at Ford Island in Hawaii
Photo by Brett Uprichard

The Mighty Mo is now both a majestic battleship and a museum docked in Pearl Harbor on Ford Island. Its nine 16-inch guns now stand dormant after its long and storied career.

The Missouri was under construction in 1941, with its keel laid on January 6 of that year and was still under construction during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was built to be a powerful war machine that was capable of launching a 2,700-pound projectile 23 miles via its 16-inch guns. It was commissioned in 1944 and participated in WWII, the Korean War and was later refurbished to become a fixture in Desert Storm. Read More
Fun in the surf on the island of Lanai
Photo by Brett Uprichard
Outdoor Adventures on the Island of Lanai
Outdoor Adventures on Lanai
Lanai has much more than picture-perfect beaches. This is where your sense of adventure can run free, from rugged off-road explorations to deep-water scuba diving. And, with few residents—and few visitors—you’ll sometimes feel as though you have the island all to yourself.
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