Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
My favorite family-friendly attraction in Hawaii is the USS Arizona memorial, at Pearl Harbor. This site is the remains of the USS Arizona, one of the American ships that was destroyed during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor -- the event that thrust the United States in to World War 2.
Visitors to the memorial are initially told about the attack that occurred on December 7, 1941, how the American military was unprepared for the attack, and how the Japanese attack planes crippled the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbor. Visitors then take a short, silent boat ride to the wreckage of the Arizona.
A monument has been erected above the wreckage and visitors stop there to remember those who lost their lives on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. These names of American soldiers, sailors, and civilians are etched in stone.
The mood on the memorial is solemn and visitors are asked not to talk. This gives the entire experience an erie feeling, but it is appropriate as a memorial to the men and women who died in the Pearl Harbor attack.
This site is family-friendly because, even though it presents a sad story in U.S. history, it helps all visitors, including children, understand what happened that day, how tragic it was, and how it forever changed our nation. USS Arizona Memorial