Great Place Wednesday: Pearl Harbor Monument, Honolulu, HI

Landscape architects are often asked to design a place that will memorialize a person or event, and inspire some emotional reaction in visitors to the place.   Today marks 70 years since the attacks at Pearl Harbor that pushed the US into World War II. The memorials that mark the site at Pearl Harbor belie the violence of that day, but give visitors a place to reflect on war, and its destructive influence on all of us.

In 2010 a new portion of the USS Arizona monument was opened on the mainland of the harbor, offering larger visitor center space, and improved views of the USS Arizona site across the bay.

 

 

A floating visitors center allows visitors to look over the submerged USS Arizona, and pay tribute to those killed on December 7, 1941.