Pearl Harbor 85th & Hawaiian History and Culture
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Date(s) - 02/12/2026 - 08/12/2026
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Pearl Harbor

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DECEMBER 2-8, 2026

Eighty five years ago, in December 1941, the United States was pulled into the largest and most destructive war in human history. In the end, the allies triumphed over the fascism of Germany, Italy and Japan. The latter nation, by attacking the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, ensured a titanic struggle for mastery of the vast ocean and its periphery would be waged to the end.

This will be the last major opportunity to mingle with veterans of the Greatest Generation, especially those who are Pearl Harbor survivors (an 18-year old in December 1941 will be 103 today, while one from 1945 will be 99!). This Pearl Harbor guided tour will take us to the island of Oahu in Hawaii to examine the beginnings of America’s involvement in the great struggle. We will visit two ships, lying end-to-end, that encapsulate the war – the USS Arizona, under its memorial, where the war began that terrible Sunday morning, and the USS Missouri, on whose decks the allies accepted complete Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. We will also see numerous other sites of the war, from ships, submarines and aircraft to Army garrisons and mountain observation points. We will attend several significant WWII remembrance events throughout the week and incorporate them into the itinerary as the schedule is announced.

In addition to the Pearl Harbor tour, we will also visit many places associated with Hawaiian history from its founding as a kingdom under Kamehameha through American whaling and missionary arrivals and on to the US agricultural and financial interests that led to the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 and the annexation of Hawaii as a US territory in 1898. The incredible story of this civilizational intersection will unfold as we visit critical sites.

Finally, no visit to this beautiful, sun-splashed island would be complete without visits to its gorgeous beaches and small towns for optional snorkeling, swimming, diving, hiking, golfing and just relaxing. From our spectacular Waikiki beachfront base at the beautiful and historic Moana Surfrider Hotel, we will spend a week in paradise and come away far richer for the experience!

The itinerary remains subject to minor change as the 85th Commemoration committee has not yet announced initial activities and celebrations. We will continue to add events to the itinerary as they become available. We expect commemorations at numerous military sites, including Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield in addition to the national commemoration on the 7th at Pearl Harbor’s Kilo Pier.

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Day 1, Wednesday, December 2


  • Welcome! Arrival and check-in at our Waikiki Beach hotel, the beautiful and historic Moana Surfrider. A Westin Resort & Spa, widely known as the “First Lady of Waikiki,” our historic hotel first opened its doors in 1901 and offers a seamless blend of Victorian elegance and contemporary comfort. Boasting an unbeatable beachfront location, the hotel is just steps from the immaculate shores of legendary Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Honolulu’s most beloved shopping, dining and entertainment attractions.
  • Informal social Hour on the Verandah of Waikiki’s oldest hotel, the Moana Surfrider, for a glorious island sunset.
  • Group dinner at 6pm with an overview of the week’s events. week’s events.

Day 2, Thursday, December 3


  • Breakfast
  • Visit Pali Heights to discuss the 1790s island unification under King Kamehameha I and the battle of Pali Cliffs (also called Nu’uanu) where the king’s Big Island warriors defeated and crushed the Oahu defenders in May 1795. Thousands perished from the heights of these spectacular cliffs. But the result was formidable – unification.
  • Visit Queen Emma’s Summer Palace – the royal family at ease in Victorian splendor. In the hills above Honolulu, halfway to the mountain heights.
  • Visit Iolani Palace – America’s only royal palace. This beautiful and amazing building had phones and electricity before the White House and Buckingham Palace! Constructed on holy ground and replacing an earlier palace, this one was created in 1879-82.
  • Lunch at downtown Honolulu restaurant.
  • Walking tour of Historical Honolulu including Chinatown, the old port, and scenes from From Here to Eternity.
  • Social hour and sunset on Waikiki
  • Dinner on your own

Day 3, Friday, December 4th


  • Drive to Camp Smith (active USMC base and home of the joint Indo-Pacific Command HQ).
  • Discuss Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941. The Officer’s Club on the hill of Camp Smith offers a superb overview location of Pearl Harbor down below. Includes a breakfast buffet.
  • Visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which tells an incredible story through film, exhibits and more.
    • USS Arizona Memorial – a sublime white memorial that hovers directly above the ship and her 1000 fallen men, and a testament to America’s remembrance
    • USS Bowfin submarine — the “Avenger of Pearl Harbor” that sunk an amazing number of Japanese ships and tonnage during an incredible nine patrols from 1942-45!
    • USS Missouri battleship – the finest class of battleships ever built, she saw much action in the final year of the war and on her decks WWII ended in Tokyo Harbor as the Japanese surrendered to the Allied Powers represented by General Douglas MacArthur — critical to see on any Pearl Harbor tour.
    • Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island Airfield – an amazing collection of 100 years of aircraft on the very site where Japanese dive bombers struck on December 7th
  • Lunch on your own on Ford Island
  • In the afternoon, we will visit the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) on Hickam Air Force Base. This organization finds and identifies the remains of US servicemen from WWII, Korea and Vietnam and, when possible, returns them to their families. This is a private tour just for our group and promises to be incredibly moving and rewarding.
  • Social hour and sunset on Waikiki.
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 4, Saturday, December 5th


  • Breakfast
  • Driving tour of Schofield Barracks – icon of the US Army from WWII to present (stage of “From Here to Eternity”). Schofield has a lengthy history as one of the US Army’s great forts – two divisions, the famed 24th and 25th grew out of the Hawaiian Division in 1942 and went on to have spectacular careers in every conflict since.
  • Wheeler Army Air Field is part of the Schofield complex and signs of the 1941 attack still dot the field along with current helicopters.
  • Visit Dole Plantation – agricultural influences in Hawaii from the 1800s to present. The Dole family held outsized economic and political influence for decades. While most pineapple we eat no longer comes from Hawaii, this plantation provides an overview of its criticality.
  • On your own lunch and shopping in the national historic district of quaint Haleiwa (be sure to grab a famous cold treat from Matsumoto’s Shave Ice!
  • In the afternoon, we return to Honolulu to visit the National Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl volcanic crater – a spectacularly beautiful and calm resting place for tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from WWII to present, including so very many from the famed 442d Regiment and Ernie Pyle, “the Soldier’s Reporter”. This cemetery is designed in the incredible and inimitable style of the American Battlefields & Monuments Commission cemeteries of Europe and the Far East, as Hawaii was not yet a state when the cemetery was built.
  • Dinner on your own in Waikiki.
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Day 5, Sunday, December 6th


  • Breakfast
  • Optional visit to Hanauma Bay to snorkel, dive or relax on the beach in the underwater state park and beach. The ocean-filled remains of a blown-out volcano is truly awe-inspiring. (On own expenses; EHE will make arrangements).
  • Day on your own to enjoy the beach, golf or go on whale-watching cruise.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Optional hike to the summit of Diamond Head Crater – spectacular views and wartime tunnels and observation points. A walk to the top takes us through military fortifications and beautiful flora for an unforgettable view.
  • Social hour and Waikiki sunset.
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 6, Monday, December 7th


  • Breakfast
  • We will attend National Remembrance Ceremonies at Kilo Pier with veterans and other survivors and dignitaries. This is the highlight of the expedition.
  • Lunch on your own in downtown Honolulu.
  • Attend other commemorative events as available. In the evening, there will be a parade for the WWII veterans on Waikiki’s main boulevard. Our veterans will be in it and the rest of us will be on the route!
  • Group dinner at Duke’s on Waikiki, named for the famed Olympian and Hawaiian personality Duke Kahanamoku.

Day 7, Tuesday, December 8th


  • Breakfast
  • Our expedition is complete.


  • Seven days and six nights of in-depth guided tours.
  • Full-time professional historian
  • All breakfasts; lunches and dinners as per itinerary.
  • All museum and other entrance fees per itinerary.
  • Daily transportation on luxury bus with driver.
  • Personalized tour support.
  • Transportation by bus throughout trip
  • Pricing: $6,750per person, double occupancy; $750 single occupancy supplement.


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  • Let’s schedule a conference call! We’d love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.
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EHE requires a deposit of $1,000 per person to confirm the trip. For any cancellation made 120 days before the tour start date, EHE will refund all payments minus itemized sunk costs by EHE and a $250 per person administrative fee.

  • $6,750 per person, double occupancy; $750 single occupancy supplement
  • Cancellations received by EHE between 120 and 90 days of the tour start date will result in forfeiture of the deposit.
  • For cancellations received by EHE between 90 and 30 days of the tour start date, the guests will be responsible for 50 percent of the tour cost to cover sunk costs.
  • For cancellations received by EHE less than 30 days of the tour start date, the guests will be responsible for the total tour cost.


Contact Information:

Sheryl Shafer phone 303.517.9676, email
Brian DeToy phone 253.468.7374, email


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