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Frequently Asked Questions About Home of the Brave Hawaii Victory Tour

What is the difference between Home of the Brave and other Tours?

Home of the Brave Tours started in December 1991 in connection with the 50th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor and surrounding Military Installations on the island of Oahu. It was initially set up for returning WWII vets to visit Pearl Harbor and the other Military Bases that they were stationed at during WWII. The tour quickly became so popular that their families, relatives, and friends began requesting the tour. Sometimes called the Pearl Harbor VIP Tour, we offer the most comprehensive WWII program of its kind in Hawaii and the only tour that visits both Pearl Harbor and the other Military sites attacked on 12/07/41!

Do you visit the USS Battleship Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine, or the Pacific Aviation Museum?

No. There is not enough time in one day to "see it all" on our Victory Tour. Our tour picks up early in the morning in order to be one of the first groups to enter the Arizona Memorial. This allows us time to take in all the sites at the Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center. From Pearl Harbor we then continue on to the various other historical and facinating military installations attacked on 12/07/41. We highly recommend visiting the Battleship Missouri, Bowfin Sub, and Pacific Aviaition Museum on another day.

Can you customize a tour?

For groups of 25 or more, Home of the Brave can help you create a customized itinerary. We work with all of the memorial attractions at Pearl Harbor and can even arrange evening programs as well. Contact us for more information on group bookings.

Do you provide transportation to and from our Hotel the day of our tour?

Home of the Brave tour guides will pick you up from designated Waikiki Hotel locations between 6:00am and 6:20 am the morning of your tour. Please call to reconfirm your reservation at least 48 hours prior to the tour date. At that time we will confirm your hotel pickup location and pickup time. Tour returns approximately 2:00 pm.

What days does the Hawaii Victory Tour operate?

Monday thru Friday. Home of the Brave Tours is closed Saturday and Sunday and Federal Holidays.

What should we bring on the tour?

You must bring a photo identification to enter the military bases. Bring a camera and money for lunch. You may bring water, however no food is allowed in the touring van.

What do we need to know about the Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center?

No purses, camera bags, fanny packs or anything that can conceal items are allowed in the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Due to increased Security Levels at Pearl Harbor and all Military Installations, picture taking is restricted in certain areas.

What should we wear on the tour?

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. No swimsuits or tank tops allowed.

If we need to cancel what should we do?

Call our office ASAP at (808) 396-8112. There is a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the tour are non-refundable.

Where can we get breakfast?

There is a snack shop at the Arizona Memorial where you can purchase coffee, juice, sweet rolls, sandwiches, etc. A lunch stop is made at Ft. Shafter Military Club around 11:00am.

Do we stop for lunch on the Hawaii Victory Tour?

Yes. We stop at Fort Shafter Military Club for a buffet lunch. The cost of lunch is not included in the tour price. The fee for lunch is approximately $10.00 per person.

What is the name of our day time Pearl Harbor/WWII tour?

Home of the Brave Hawaii Victory Tour. Over the years, the Home of the Brave tour has been referred to as the Pearl Harbor VIP Tour, "Tour of Duty" tours, Top Gun Tours and more...but now officially our tour is named the Home of the Brave Hawaii Victory Tour.

Can you accomodate wheelchairs?

Yes, we can accomodate a limited number of collapsible wheelchairs. Guests must be able to board and disembark the vehicle on their own. No motorized wheelchairs or scooters.

Is there a lot of walking on the tour?

There is a minimal amount of walking (primarily at the Arizona Memorial).

Do you recommend this tour for Children and or young families?

Yes! Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend. Kids especially enjoy our private hands-on museum.

How far in advance should I make reservations?

Home of the Brave Tours normally sells out every day. It is recommended that reservations be made at least one week prior to the desired date you wish to book your tour. Large group booking should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Do you take donations for your WWII Museum?

Yes, A lot of our uniform and display items have been donated to our museum by WWII Veterans and their familes. Our goal is perpetuate the legacy, history, and memories of the War Years for present and future generations. We take photos of all of our WWII veterans on the tour at the museum and document a bit of their "history". We then ask them to send us a photo of them taken during WWII to match up with the present day photo. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact our curator - Glen Tomlinson at (808) 396-8112.

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