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All Hands on Deck: Maintaining the USS Missouri (The Mighty Mo) in Pearl Harbor

Program Number: 2617RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/27/2013 - 9/3/2013; 12/4/2015 - 12/11/2015; 8/27/2016 - 9/3/2016; 12/4/2016 - 12/11/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Walk the decks of the USS Missouri and recall its storied history as the site of Japanese surrender in World War II, a veteran of four wars, and the last battleship to be active in any navy in the world. At one time, hundreds of sailors kept this powerful dreadnought fit and ready for duty. Now you will become a part of the “Mighty Mo’s” history.


• Learn intimate, little-known details about the ship through special classes and field trips.
• Relive the experience of life aboard the “Mighty Mo” by spending a night on the ship.
• Work in the beautiful Hawaiian weather with spectacular views of Pearl Harbor, mountains and ocean.

Activity Particulars

Walking from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day. Some stairs, walking on boat decks and uneven surfaces. Optional snorkeling and swimming.

This program was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the best in Volunteer Travel in 2012!

Date Specific Information


GE Elfun Charter Group


Reserved seating for Road Scholar participants to attend the Anniversary of the "End of WWII" commemoration ceremony onboard the USS Missouri, September 2. This program includes one overnight stay on-board the USS Missouri crew`s quarters as part of the program to experience how the crew lived, ate and slept, by sleeping overnight on bunks in the enlisted crews quarters.


Road Scholar participants will attend the Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony on December 7. This program includes one overnight stay, December 6, in Pearl Harbor on-board the USS Missouri crew`s quarters as part of the program to experience how the crew lived, ate and slept, by sleeping overnight on bunks in the enlisted crews quarters.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Honolulu (Oahu)

Honolulu, which means “Sheltered Bay,” possesses a unique blend of Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Asian and Pacific Islander influences that contribute to its cultural richness. Its Waikiki area, formerly wetlands, today evokes images of golden sand beaches and stunning sunsets.

Hotel one block from Waikiki Beach; one night aboard the USS Missouri in former crew quarters.
Meals and Lodgings
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 4 nights
   USS Missouri Memorial
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 1 night
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 2 nights
 Waikiki Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Waikiki Resort Hotel is very well located in the heart of Waikiki, half a block away from the Kuhio Beach section of world famous Waikiki Beach and in the shadow of iconic Diamond Head. Being near Kuhio Beach is a real plus, as it is the most interesting part of Waikiki Beach because it is wide, sandy, nicely landscaped, and it is home to the beachboy stands which send out surfers and outrigger canoes. The hotel is also within walking distance of other popular attractions such as Kapiolani Park (great for morning or evening walks), the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the International Marketplace, King's Village shops, and a multitude of restaurants and other attractions.
  Contact info: 2460 Koa Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-922-4911
  Room amenities: Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, private balcony, high speed Internet access (plug in available in room, not Wi-Fi, for surcharge of $9.95 plus tax per 24 hour period as of 7/12), hair dryers, ironing boards with irons, refrigerator, shower or shower and 1/2 bath tub, clock radio, color TV with on demand movies and games, and an in-room safe (surcharge) .
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and pool deck, sundry and gift shops, self-service laundry, a laundry and dry cleaning service, a 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a 24-hour bell desk, front desk, Wi-Fi available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See rates in comments section 2013 Double/Single Rates: $120.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $110.00 + tax for April-June, September -November
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: See rates in comments section 2013 Double/Single Rates: $120.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $110.00 + tax for April-June, September -November
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 USS Missouri Memorial
Type: Other
  Description: The overnight encampment aboard the USS Missouri offers a rare and unique opportunity to visit areas of the battleship normally off limits to visitors. Participants will gain insight to the many different systems and pieces of equipment aboard this historic battleship. Some Interesting Facts: Designing the Missouri took 175 tons of blueprint paper. The ship was built in three years and required over 3 million man-days to complete the job. For comparison’s sake, the Missouri is 279 feet longer and 11 feet wider than the USS Arizona. The Mighty Mo is also 5 feet longer and 18 feet wider than the RMS Titanic. Just how big is the Missouri? If you could stand the ship on end, it would be 332 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The nine 16-inch guns are the Mighty Mo’s trademark feature. Each gun barrel is 65 feet long, weighs an incredible 116 tons, and can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds – with pinpoint accuracy. The Missouri was the last battleship ever built. It was also the most formidable. Along with its firepower was a thick steel armor plating that protected the hull (13.5 inches), the gun turrets (17 inches in front; 13 inches on the sides), the citadel (17 inches), and the conning tower sides (17.3 inches).
  Ship Information: Class: Iowa-class battleship Length: 887 feet Height: 209 feet from keel to mast Beam: 108 feet Weight: 58,000 tons (full load); 45,000 tons (unloaded) Speed: In excess of 30 knots (35 mph)
  Contact info: Pearl Harbor
63 Cowpens Street,
Honolulu, HI 96818 USA
phone: 808-455-1600
  Facility amenities: Mess Hall, public restrooms and showers
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Waikiki Resort Hotel lobby. Upon arrival, please proceed to the hotels front desk to check in. You will then be directed to the registration desk. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Independent check outs by 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Participants must also complete USS Missouri Memorial Association Encampment Program Waivers and Release Form, Skills Questionnaire, and a Mighty Mo Volunteer Application and Release Form.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at Waikiki Resort Hotel is approximately $22 per night (rates subject to change)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Honolulu
  Nearest highway: H-1 Freeway
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  From End of Program
  Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




AMPCO Express
phone: 808-861-8294


Per Person/One Way:


Approx $35.00 - $40.00
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 min - 45 min depending upon traffic 


AMPCO Express is the managing contractor of the Airport's Open Taxi System at Honolulu International Airport. The state established this Airport Open Taxi Management system for taxi drivers from all taxi companies to be able to pick-up at the airport. Taxi Service is available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (green shirts with black lettering, and the wording TAXI DISPATCHER) for service.




From Airport




Public Transportation
The Bus
phone: 808-848-4500


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50 or $1.50 for Senior Citizen (with valid Medicare card)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes - 1 hour 




10 miles


Buses operate from 5:30 am - 10:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time. For More information, go online to




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Speedi Shuttle
phone: 877-242-5777


Per Person/One Way:


Arrival fares begin at $14.55; Round-trips from $26.79 includes a 10% discount on return segment
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30- 45 minutes depending upon traffic 




10 miles


Shuttle stops are conveniently located on the ground level at the tour group areas adjacent to Baggage Claims C and H, curbside between Baggage Claim D and E and the Commuter Terminal. Greeters & Shuttle Attendants wearing red aloha prints are present throughout baggage claim & at each pickup location to arrange your transportation. SpeediShuttle signage is located throughout the terminals & at each pickup zone. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in. More info @

Driving Directions
  From Continental US to Hawaii: Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors. All twenty-three major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United, etc.) and sixteen international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won't need to bring your passport unless you're visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii. You can buy your flights directly on your own, through your local travel agent or over the Internet using the airline’s own website or through a travel website such as,, or Hawaii Airport Codes HNL (Honolulu, Oahu) OGG (Kahului, Maui) KOA (Kona, Hawaii's Big Island) ITO (Hilo, Hawai`'s Big Island) LIH (Lihue, Kauai) MKK (Molokai) Inter-island Airline Information: Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines 1-888-435-9462 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Waikiki Resort Hotel: 1.Follow signs to H1 East. 2.Go North on Rodgers Blvd. toward N. Nimitz Hwy. 3. Turn RIGHT onto N Nimitz Hwy/Kamehameha Hwy/HI-92 E 4. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Dillingham Blvd. 5. Take the I-H1 E ramp toward Honolulu 6. Merge onto Interstate H1 E 7. Take the Punahou St. exit - exit 23 8. Turn RIGHT onto Punahou St. 9. Turn RIGHT onto S Beretania St. 10. Turn LEFT onto Kalakaua Ave. 11. Turn LEFT onto Lili`uokalani. 12. Hotel on LEFT side across from Pacific Beach Hotel and behind the Hyatt. Total Est. Time: 20 minutes Total Est. Distance: 10 miles
Equipment Requirements: No specialized equipment required. Work materials, including gloves and kneepads, will be provided on-site.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome/Introductions & Orientation
(Tuesday, August 27)
 Afternoon: Program Registration from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Social Hour before dinner.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Ilima Cafe, lobby level
 Evening: Introductions and Overview of Service Projects & the USS Missouri Association Volunteer Department
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mighty Mo Introduction and Orientation/Service Work/Lecture
(Wednesday, August 28)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast- Ilima Cafe, lobby level
 Morning: Bus departs for the USS Missouri located on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Upon arrival there will be an orientation and quick tour of the Mighty Mo to get your bearings. Meet your service project leader and commence work.
 Lunch: There are daily lunch locations available on Ford Island including a grill located pier-side of the Mighty Mo and the restaurant located at the Pacific Aviation Museum.
 Afternoon: Service Work on Mighty Mo: Start Service Projects. Past Elfun projects have included the following: 1. Compartment Refurbishment: Many compartments are in bad shape and have not been worked on since ship arrived in Hawaii 2. TACC Room Set Up: The Radio/TACC Room next to Combat Engagement Center needs to have the new/used equipment put into racks 3. Sign/Display Painting: Restore signage to its original condition. 4. Teak Wood Cleaning: Teak wood that has been taken off the deck needs to be cleaned using electric wire wheels, sanders, and grinders (the teak is then used for plaques and displays) Most projects will generally involve being outside in the beautiful Hawaiian weather with great views of Pearl Harbor, the ocean, and the mountains. Of course we do try to work in the shade where possible, and those who are particularly sensitive to the sun can be assigned projects out of the sun. No specific skills are required to participate in this service program, but we are certainly interested in identifying and using your specific talents, so let us know! Please fill out the Mighty Mo Skills Form at the end of this packet and send it back along with the other forms before your program begins.
 Dinner: Ilima Café, Lobby Level
 Evening: Lecture: "Date of Infamy"
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Service Work
(Thursday, August 29)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast- Ilima Cafe, lobby level
 Morning: Depart for the Mighty Mo, arrive and continue service work projects until lunch.
 Lunch: on Ford Island
 Afternoon: Afternoon service work. Depart on bus back to the Waikiki Hotel late afternoon.
 Dinner: Social hour at Cheeseburger in Paradise followed by dinner.
 Evening: Free Evening. Suggested Evening Activity: Visit the original site of the Hawai`i Calls radio program, the Banyan Court, at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Free Day to Explore the Island of Oahu
(Friday, August 30)
 Breakfast: Free Day to Explore or rest. All meals and activities are on your on your own today. You may want to consider a visit to one of many free time suggestions such as: Iolani Palace the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Lili`uokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; The Honolulu Academy of Arts which houses an impressive collection of world art and one of the largest collections of Asian art in the United States; or Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State.
 Lunch: On your own
 Dinner: On your own
 Evening: For those of you who are planning to stay overnight on the Mighty Mo tomorrow evening, you’ll need to pack an overnight bag. We will be keeping your room at the hotel, so your big suitcase can stay in your room. Sheets and bedding are provided in the crew’s quarters. You will want to bring your towel. We also recommend bringing shower shoes and a flashlight.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel

Day 5: Service Work/Behind the Scenes Tour/Sunset BBQ Dinner Pier Side/Optional Overnight on the Mighty Mo
(Saturday, August 31)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast- Ilima Cafe, lobby level
 Morning: For those of you who will be overnighting aboard the USS Missouri, remember to bring your overnight bag with you. Bus will depart for Pearl Harbor after breakfast. After arrival at the USS Missouri Memorial, there will be time to stow overnight gear in crew’s quarters. Service Work until lunch
 Lunch: on Ford Island
 Afternoon: Afternoon Service Work. Overnighters: You will have time to hit the showers shower and clean up for evening activities. Between 4:00 - 4:30 pm, there will be a Behind the Scenes of the Mighty Mo Tour: We’ll engage you in shipboard life and the experiences of a battleship sailor. You will visit the officer's wardroom and radio room, where the word of Japanese surrender was sent to other ships throughout the fleet. You'll also visit our Chief Petty Officer's legacy center where you'll learn what it means to "Ask The Chief.”
 Dinner: Social Hour followed by sunset BBQ Dinner on the pier.
 Evening: At 8:00 pm, bus departs Pearl Harbor for those returning to the hotel to overnight. Your group leader will accompany this group to the hotel Optional Historical War movie for those staying aboard the ship.
Accommodations: USS Missouri Memorial
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Service Work
(Sunday, September 1)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast- Ilima Cafe, lobby level, for those staying at the hotel. Those staying aboard the Mighty Mo will enjoy a continental breakfast.
 Morning: Depart for Pearl Harbor by bus (if you stayed at the hotel last night) and continue service work until lunch.
 Lunch: on Ford Island
 Afternoon: Afternoon service work. Depart on bus back to the Waikiki Hotel late afternoon.
 Dinner: Social Hour at Lulu's followed by dinner.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: End of WWII Commemoration Ceremony/Conclude Service Work Projects/Aloha (Farewell) Dinner
(Monday, September 2)
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast- Ilima Cafe, lobby level. We’ll have a very early breakfast in order to depart for Pearl Harbor earlier and ensure we obtain excellent seating in a reserved area for the Commemoration Ceremony this morning.
 Morning: Depart on bus for the Mighty Mo. Attend the End of WWII Commemoration Ceremony aboard USS Missouri- It will be 68 years since Japan’s unconditional surrender ended history’s most destructive war. On Sept. 2, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony on its decks. The ceremony will coincide with the time of day that representatives from 10 nations signed the formal “Instrument of Surrender” on board the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. Service work will commence after the ceremony.
 Lunch: on Ford Island
 Afternoon: Complete service projects. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon.
 Dinner: Social Hour at Plantation Bar next to the Hula Grill followed by Farewell dinner at the Hula Grill.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head
Diamond Head State Monument is a true gem on Oahu. Actually named Leahi by Hawaiians, it received its more well known name in the late 1700’s when British seamen saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they had found diamonds. A hike to the top of Diamond Head takes about an hour over a well-worn path. The summit offers a spectacular 365-degree view of Oahu and is a must trip for photography enthusiasts. Oahu District Office, Hawaii State Parks P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, HI 96809 Tel: 808-587-0300 Open: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Year round. For additional information, visit
  Discover Historic Honolulu
Located in the heart of Honolulu you'll find many of Hawaii's most historic buildings including the Hiilani Palace home to Hawaii's last monarchs and the only palace on U.S. soil. You'll also want to visit the Hawaii State Capitol, the Kamehameha I Statue, Kawaiahao Church -the first Christian church in Hawaii, the Mission Houses Museum and the Old Federal Building. All of historic Honolulu is within walking distance of downtown parking at the equally famous Aloha Tower. For additional information, visit
  Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalaniana`ole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays. For additional information, visit
  Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo covers 42 lush, shady acres at the Diamond Head end of Waikîkî. It features some special exhibits such as the Nene (the Hawai`i state bird), native Hawaiian forest birds, and the highlight of the zoo, the Kabuni Reserve. The African savanna covers 12-acres where animals roam freely behind disguised barriers in 30 different habitats. The zoo is located near Kapiolani Park at the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua Avenue. Up against the zoo fence, local artists display their paintings and crafts. 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Tel: 808-971-7171 Hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm daily For additional information, visit
  Shop in Waikiki and in the Greater Honolulu Area
Waikiki is a great place to shop and offers prestigious retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as more modest stores such as the ever-present ABC Stores and the world-famous International Market Place. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center contains 150 stores and restaurants on four levels. Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national and local retailers. Other nearby malls in Honolulu to shop at include Aloha Tower Marketplace; Ward Warehouse and Ward Center, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; and Kahala Mall in Kahala.
  Waikiki at Night
At night Waikiki is an exuberant world of shops, bistros and neon lights, alive with people, and complete with amusing street entertainers. Often heralded as the ambassadors of aloha, these musicians, singers, mimes, drummers, and a myriad of other performers give Waikiki a local color and ambience found nowhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. Street performers start about 8pm and ends about 10pm.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Advanced Force Pearl Harbor

Author: Burlingame, Burl

Description: World War II

Hawaii Goes to War - Life in Hawaii from Pearl Harbor to Peace.

Author: Brown, De Soto

Description: World War II

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.

Prisoners of the Japanese

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: World War II

The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii (Paperback)

Author: Daws, Gavan

Description: This perennial favorite offers a wonderful introduction to the Hawaiian Islands.

War in the Pacific, Vol. I,

Author: Hagen, Jerome, T

Description: World War II

Best Little Stories from World War II

Author: McComas, Terence

Description: World War II

Last Battleship Book - The story of the USS Missouri (BB-63).

Author: Stone, CDR Scott C. S. (USNR Ret).

Description: Published in 1999, this is one of the few books that covers Missouri's history from construction in Brooklyn, New York, to memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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