Ford Island is a small island located in Pearl Harbor, purchased by the U.S. government in the early 1900s and used as a naval base and airfield. Today, people visiting Hawaii can see plaques throughout Ford Island, which marks the areas where several battleships sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Plan Your Visit to Historic Ford Island
If you intend on visiting Hawaii, you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, located on Historic Ford Island. This aviation museum offers Ford Island tours via shuttle bus, where you can view the memorial dedicated to the USS Arizona, and get an up-close view of a World War II aircraft in Hangar 37.
Your aviation museum tickets also include a trip inside Hangar 79, where you can see the bullet holes that remain to this day, so many years after the attack. You’ll also have the chance to observe the iconic Ford Island Control Tower, a red and white historical landmark, preserved by Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
During your visit, you can learn about the history of Ford Island, which was called “Moku’ume’ume” by Hawaiians, before being named after Dr. Seth Porter Ford who purchased it in the late 1800s. “’Ume’ume” was a game that Islanders played around a bonfire. After being acquired by the U.S. military, Ford Island became home to aircraft and Navy vessels. While it is well-known that many ships submerged during the Pearl Harbor attack, few people know that nearly half of the aircraft on Ford Island were destroyed at the time as well.
If you’re visiting Hawaii, you can learn more interesting facts about Pearl Harbor and witness the unforgettable sight of the attacks firsthand by visiting Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. You can purchase your aviation museum tickets online in advance. If you need more information, please email us or call (808) 441-1000.