Given that I've been back in the residence of the Hawaiian Isles for almost a good 5 years now and not to mention my connections to the war following these events (my paternal grandfather fought on the American side in WWII) it is with a hint of embarassment that I admit - today was my first time in visiting Pearl Harbor and the Arizona War Memorial.
With a friend visiting from overseas it gave me a good chance to play tourist and cross another item off my bucket list and I'm so glad I did! A very moving and informative tour it was! To see the USS Arizona submerged and still leaching oil to this day and yet, life was still able to overcome and build a living reef on the actual wreckage with thriving fish swimming amongst it - if that's not a symbol for resiliance and hope I don't know what is!
all images by Megan Matsuoka