Originally launched in 1942, a year after the historic Pearl Harbor attack, the USS Bowfin went on to become one of the most celebrated submarines in United States wartime history. In fact this special WWII sub was actually nicknamed “The Pearl Harbor Avenger”, and went on to sink over 67,000 tons worth of Japanese wartime vessels.
Today Honolulu locals, tourists, schools, and history buffs can visit the legendary US Bowfin, one of Hawaii’s most visited National Landmarks!
A Unique Museum Experience
Haven’t you always wanted to step inside a real submarine museum? That’s exactly what you get at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park! This impressive museum features over 4,000 different submarine and wartime-related artifacts. Get up close to real Japanese and American missiles, authentic war posters, battle flags, equipment, and even more World War II memorabilia.
Inside, you can imagine what it was like to live and work inside the real USS Bowfin sub! Wander through sleeping quarters, dining areas, control rooms, and other intriguing areas in this massive 10,000 square-foot space.
Different USS Bowfin exhibits can be found throughout the museum’s National park as well. While strolling about the park grounds, expect to come upon one of the museum’s most popular exhibits, an authentic Japanese WWII torpedo, otherwise known as a Kaiten.
A visit to the USS Bowfin definitely packs a days-worth of things to do! Expect to find even more hidden park treasures, like real periscopes and artifacts from the USS Bowfin’s sister submarine, the USS Parche.
USS Bowfin - Torpedo Room Photo: Sanjay Acharya
The Waterfront WWII Memorial
Several of the most beloved National Historic Sites are war memorials as well, and the USS Bowfin’s waterfront tribute is one of the most prolific of them all. This is a definite must-see for all museum visitors, as it boasts a breathtaking scenic view of Honolulu along with an important piece of United States history.
This special memorial honors the 52 American submarines that were lost during World War II, and the courageous people who served on these legendary subs.