Seeing as this was our first full day in Hawaii, we wanted to make the most of it and see as much as possible. Oahu isn’t a large island but there is a lot to see and do in just one week. In our travel book, “Oahu Revealed” we read that one has to get to Pearl Harbor early so as to get tickets before being sold out. Our idea was to get there around 7am to assure we received early enough tickets so we didn’t have to wait the whole day. We managed to arrive, get a parking spot in the main lot and then receive tickets without issues. The tickets are free to go see the USS Arizona Memorial so they are on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limited amount of tickets available so if you plan on a trip. We noticed there were tour guides coming and getting 30 tickets at a time, so definitely a must to get there early. Our tickets were for around 9AM but it left us enough time to look around at the rockets on display, go into two different souvenir shops and then the USS Arizona memorial museum (free to public).
"Oahu Revealed" covers it all - from the top of the Ko'olaus to the lost sunken island off Kane'ohe. This is the best investment you can make for your O'ahu vacation. Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time kamaaaina, you will find out more about O'ahu from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "Oahu Revealed."
So, few have really strong emotions about "Oahu Revealed" or considered it overtly controversial at publication. It didn't make a stink like its sister books on the other islands, and was basically greeted with a "ho-hum, so what" attitude.