and the Royal Palace
Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
More visitors come here, to the USS Arizona Memorial than
any other site in Hawaii. The Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor caused the Arizona to explode and sink. The ship,
directly below the Memorial, is a tomb for its crew.
The Arizona can be seen from the Memorial, with
portions of the ship below and above water. It still
leaks oil all these decades after going down.
Hawaii was an independent nation until 1893, and its
last monarchs lived in the Iolani Palace, the only
royal palace on what is now American soil. The
Iolani Palace is open as a museum.
Nearby is this statue of Kamehameha the Great, who united
all the Hawaiian islands as his kingdom in 1810. The King
remains a hero to native Hawaiians. His successors ruled
while more foreigners, especially Americans, came to Hawaii
with designs upon taking both economic and political control.
Queen Liliuokalani's statue. She was the last native Hawaiian
ruler, overthrown in 1893 by a group of American
businessmen who planned for Hawaii to be annexed by the
U.S. President Grover Cleveland instead supported
restoration of the Queen. Leaders of the rebellion ran Hawaii
until 1898, when President McKinley's policies included the
official annexation of Hawaii.
The statues of Kamehameha and the Queen are often
garlanded by native Hawaiians in memory of the time when
their nation was an independent monarchy.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free streaming video of this trip
to Hawaii by clicking on: Lava Luau