Hawaii, is the 50th and most recent U.S. state to join the United States, having joined the Union on August 21, 1959. It is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, (wind) surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.
Click on photo to order USS Abraham Lincoln Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), is the fifth Nimitz-classaircraft carrier in the United States Navy. It is the second Navy ship to have been named after former President Abraham Lincoln. Her home port is Norfolk, Virginia, and she is a member of the United States Atlantic Fleet.
She is administratively responsible to Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, and, operationally served as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group Nine and host to Carrier Air Wing Two until 2012. She is currently undergoing a 4-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul process.
Photograph was taken in 2005 during my visit to Hawaii.
The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to the United States' direct involvement in World War II.
The memorial, built in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.
Hickam Field (formerly Hickam Air Force Base) is a United States Air Force installation, named in honor of aviation pioneer Lieutenant ColonelHorace Meek Hickam. The base merged with the Naval Base Pearl Harbor to become part of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The base neighbors Honolulu International Airport and currently shares runways with the airport for its activities and purposes.