Pearl Harbor Is A Safe Family Destination

The Entrance to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial on Oahu. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is managed by the National Park Service.


The National Park Service has its police enforcement officers throughout the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and its parking lots. Their Law Enforcement Office is located at the Visitor Center but not in public view. They are equipped for any emergency and are well-trained professionals. There are also security cameras throughout the Visitor Center and parking lots which are monitored throughout the day. If a situation did occur in which additional help was warranted, the National Park Service could call for the Navy Military Police and the Honolulu Police department.

Because the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is on military land, any violations would be a federal offense. Hawaii’s professional shoplifters know that the Pearl Harbor stores are not worth taking the risk of getting caught with all their security personnel, hidden cameras, and stricter federal sentencing guidelines.

Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is a very secure location. Here are some additional tips to help ensure that you have an enjoyable experience at Pearl Harbor.

Enclosed shoes are recommended, depending on the attractions that you will be visiting; you will be boarding either a shuttle boat, battleship, or submarine. These all possess areas that may be stubbing or tripping hazards. Therefore, flipip flops, Crocs, platforms, or high heels are not advised.

Dress comfortably. Please remember that, above all, Pearl Harbor is a solemn place. Keeping that in mind Pearl Harbor does have a dress code, but it is not a particularly strict one. No swimwear, no shirts with offensive imagery or language, and no revealing attire. Hawaii’s sun is intense. Sunglasses, head covering, and sunscreen are recommended to prevent eye strain and sunburn.

Pearl Harbor is a solemn place where many people lost their lives. Please remember to act appropriately, especially when on the Battleship Arizona Memorial. Please refrain from loud talking, laughter, foul or inappropriate gestures, or language. Please do not throw things or spit off of the battleship Arizona Memorial. Littering is prohibited and does carry a fine.

Remember, no bags capable of concealing a fist-sized object are allowed in Pearl Harbor. If you have any bags with you, you must check them in at the bag storage prior to entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. There is a fee to check your bags in at Pearl Harbor. Clear bags are allowed. Anything in your pockets is fine. Medication or medical equipment is permitted. The carry case for this should only be able to accommodate that item. Cameras are allowed, but no long-range telephoto lenses. There are locations at Pearl Harbor where no photography is permitted. Please follow Park Ranger and staff directives. Camera bags are not allowed, but carrying cases are allowed as long as the camera snugly fits in the case. Strollers are allowed in the Visitor Center but not in the Theater or on the USS Arizona Memorial. Cellphones are allowed, but please silence/turn off your phone when in the Theater or on the battleship Arizona Memorial.

Please follow the directions of the National Park Service or other regulative bodies when at Pearl Harbor. They are there to ensure the protection of Pearl Harbor and its visitors.

Above all, remember to have an enjoyable time, learn something new, and make many memories of your time in Hawaii,