Construction of the base began in 1902 when a channel was dredged to admit deep-draft vessels to the inland anchorage. The United States Navy has regularly modernized the port to maintain its responsibilities for national defense. The fundamental quality which defines the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, as a National Historic Landmark is its historic function, which continues into the current century, as well as the attack on December 7, 1941. The boundaries of this National Historic Landmark includes those water and land areas historically, intimately, and directly associated with that function and action. Pearl Harbor is a large, landlocked port, which contributed to the rise of the United States as a major world power in the Pacific. Because of the effectiveness of Pearl harbor’s mission, the naval base was attacked by aircraft of the Japanese navy on December 7, 1941, an action which caused the United States to enter World War II.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.