The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is a joint venture between Ford Island Properties, LLC and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Inc. (PHVC) to provide tourist services at the Halawa Landing site. PHVC is located on a waterfront site between the USS Bowfin Memorial and the Navy shuttle to the USS Arizona. The Center provides much needed services such as food, baggage storage, tours, transportation, and sheltered resting areas for the 1.6 million annual visitors (4,500 per day) that come to Pearl Harbor to pay their respects.
The first phase of this project consists of a temporary, tented structure that includes, chairs and tables and other conveniences to make the visitor experience at Pearl Harbor more comfortable. Service vendors brought in under this arrangement offer their products in a tasteful 1942 WW II setting that exhibits respect for the environment. Plans are underway for a permanent structure in the near future.
PHVC works closely with the National Park Service, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and the USS Bowfin Memorial to develop Halawa Landing in a manner that both respects the environment of the memorials and creates for the visitor a lasting and pleasant memory of Pearl Harbor.
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