Construction of a naval air station on the western half of Mokapu Peninsula began in 1939. As of December 1941, two of the five planned steel hangars had been completed, each measuring 225 feet by 400 feet. The historic district includes the following nationally significant features: Hangar No. 1; the parking area between the hangars and Kaneohe Bay, and the five ramps. Kaneohe Naval Air Station is significant for its association with the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. At 7:48 a.m., seven minutes before they bombed Pearl Harbor, Japanese fighters and five bombers attacked Kaneohe Naval Air Station. Fifteen sailors and two civilians were killed and sixty-seven personnel were wounded.
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