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Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
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The goal of the proposed Pearl Harbor Historic Trail project is to establish an 18.5 mile multi-use recreational trail that will highlight historic sites from the USS Arizona Memorial to the west coast Oahu town of Nanakuli. The project was first proposed by community leaders in 1999 to revitalize the area and preserve its historic and cultural sites.

Satellite View of Pearl Harbor
	and the Honolulu Airport
Photo Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration



Sites on the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
Some of the historic sites that will probably be highlighted on the trail are the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri Battleship, Rainbow Bay Park, the Water Town Japanese Fishing Village, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor itself, the Hawaiian Railway Society Museum, and Central Oahu towns from Aiea to Nanakuli.

Where the Trail Begins
The Pearl Harbor Historic Trail is still only an idea, but there is already a multi-use trail in that area that will be improved as part of the historic trail project. The existing trail begins at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center and it continues along the shore of Pearl Harbor.

Map of the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
This map of the proposed Pearl harbor Historic Trail shows the entire planned route, including the portion that will be built in the railroad bed of the Oahu Railway and Land Company. The trail will begin at the Arizona Memorial and proceed north past the East Loch, Middle Loch, Waipio Peninsula, and West Lock of Pearl Harbor. When it leaves Pearl Harbor it will continue past the Ewa Villages, the Hawaiian Railway Society Museum, and the town of Kapolei. The trail will hit the west coast of Oahu near the Ko Olina boat harbor and resort area and it will continue up the coast past Tracks Beach Park and the HECO Kahe Power Plant. The trail will end at the coastal town of Nanakuli. An alternate version of the trail would only run from Halawa Landing to the town of Waipahu. Halawa Landing is area where the USS Arizona Museum and the Bowfin Submarine Museum are located.

"Pearl Harbor Historic Sites" Freeway Sign
The exit signs from the H1 Freeway to the USS Arizona Memorial were confusing at one time but in 2006 that problem was remedied. In the past, visitors staying in Waikiki would often take the exit marked "Pearl Harbor" instead of the following exit which was marked "Arizona Memorial". The first exit goes to one of the gatehouses of the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. The first time I drove to the USS Arizona I took the wrong turnoff myself and ended up at that gate. In 2006 The "Pearl Harbor" freeway signs were replaced with signs that read "Naval Base". The "USS Arizona" freeway signs were replaced with signs that said "Pearl Harbor Historic Sites".

SB-1378: Recognizing the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
Hawaii State Senate Bill 1378 declared in 2005 that the name of the path to be created from Halawa Landing to Waipahu was to be the "Pearl Harbor Historic Trail". The bill officially recognized the project, opening the way for supporters to begin raising funds.

SCR-189: Pearl Harbor Area Improvements
State of Hawaii Senate Concurrent Resolution 189 was introduced in 2005. It asked the City and County of Honolulu to convene a task force to develop a plan for the Aiea Bay State Recreation Area, the Aiea-Pearl City Community Plan, and the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 103
In 2004 the Hawaii State Legislature adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 103, which supported the construction of the Leeward Bike Path and Pearl Harbor Historic Trail. The plan was to create a bike path and historic multi-use trail that would run 18.6 miles from Halawa Landing to Waipahu. The goals of that trail were to create an outdoor recreation and transportation network, to use the old right-of-way for the old Oahu Railway and Land Company to educate and preserve history, to create opportunities for local businesses in that area, and to enhance environmental preservation and education.

City Proposes Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
In June of 2001 Honolulu city officials proposed creating a 18.6 mile historic district called the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail that would include the Pearl Harbor shoreline from the USS Arizona Memorial in Aiea to the Lualualei Access Road in Nanakuli. The project was expected to take more then twenty years a millions of dollars to implement. It would include creating a 40 foot wide jogging and cycling trail in a former railroad track bed. The trail would pass by city parks, golf courses, bus stations, and cultural facilities. It would also include activities operated by the Hawaiian Railway Society, a group that is currently operating a train ride along part of the Oahu Railway and Land Company route. to raise money and coordinate the project. One of the first goals of the plan was to create a Friends of the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail.

Belt Collins Prepared Historic Trail Plan in 2001
In 2001 Architectural firm Belt Collins of Hawaii prepared a master plan for the City and County of Honolulu's Pearl Harbor Historic Trail. The new rail-trail was expected to be more then 18 miles long and it was to include historic sites such as the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Bowfin Submarine. It was also expected to highlight the stories about Hawaii's immigrant population and Pearl Harbor's role during World War II.

Pearl Harbor Trail First Proposed in 1999
The idea for a Pearl Harbor Historic Trail was first mentioned during a 1999 meeting attended by Aiea and Pearl City community leaders.

See also:
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An Introduction to Pearl Parbor
- Other Attractions in Central Oahu
- Guide to the Waikiki Historic Trail
- Downtown Honolulu Historic Sites



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