Harbors in Hawaii

The USS Arizona warship dying in smoke during the attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This attack by Japan provoked the United States into joining World War II.

USS Arizona warship in smoke during Japan’s attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

An attack at a local harbor not only put harbors in Hawaii on high alert, but also aggravated the largest war ever seen: World War II. After the Japanese decimated Pearl Harbor without warning on December 7, 1941, the United States declared war, and Hawaii was put under martial law.

As a U.S. naval base, Pearl Harbor was not owned by the Territory of Hawaii, but WWII affected the territory’s harbors nonetheless. The U.S. Navy and Army used the territory’s harbors as military outposts. … Click to read more…