View From Above: Photos From the Ford Island Control Tower at Pearl Harbor

It's never been open to the public, but now everyone can appreciate this new view of history.


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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino



WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN ELEVATOR MAKES. Starting in early July, visitors can ride to the top of the Ford Island Control Tower for the first time. A more than 150-foot ride ends in a new exhibit and the observation deck, which provides the only view of Pearl Harbor’s historic sites from above.


The red-and-white striped tower wasn’t completed until five months after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack and was painted camouflage through the war. Though the landscape of O‘ahu has changed, the panoramic scene that sweeps from the ‘Ewa plain to the USS Arizona and downtown is likely to create some chicken skin moments.