This past weekend our company held a dinner party at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. It was not only a first for our company to have a party there, but also the first time on Ford Island PERIOD for many folks, including myself.
As long as I’ve lived on Oahu, I’m actually ashamed to say I have never been to the Arizona Memorial yet. YET. However now after seeing how totally AWESOME it is to be on Ford Island, I am definitely making plans to return again SOON! Arizona Memorial, to the Mighty Mo’, then finish it off at the Pacific Aviation Museum!
Scale model of a Pan American Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (1950s era)
A privately-funded operation, the Pacific Aviation Museum is comprised of Hangar 37, which also includes a cafe, museum store and flight simulators, plus an area where privately held parties such as the one we threw are set-up. And there’s also Hangar 79, which has the more modern jet age aircraft.
Hangar 37 includes mostly aircraft, displays and information about World War II in the Pacific. Which I must say, really gave me “chicken skin”.
Before continuing, I must note that many of my photos got “blown” due to setting my camera (Canon PowerShot S100) on HDR mode, a recommendation my coworker (an excellent photographer) gave me. While I normally never second guess my camera and review each shot, I should have at this event, as I would later discover the HDR mode wasn’t working as it should, not piecing together each shot properly. And I know it can do HDR in handheld mode, as I’ve done it many times with my S95 (previous model) with great results. But anyways, so I lost a lot of great photos at this event due to not having my HDR set-up correctly… or I drank too much coffee (and I don’t drink coffee), or somethin’.
Dinner is served in Hangar 37 under the wing of a North American B-25B Mitchell (Medium Bomber)
As you see, dinner was catered by Tanioka’s in Waipahu, which was kinda’ an interesting choice. Of course Tanioka’s always rocks ono kine grindz, and everyone was raving how ono the food was. Tanioka’s was rockin’ the grindz on Ford Island that night!
Catering by Tanioka’s – Mochiko Chicken
While our party only had access entry to Hangar 37, there were a bunch of jets and other cool military aircraft on display right outside Hangar 79. Following are those aircraft. Enjoy.
“My other car is a Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter Jet“
The Pacific Aviation Museum is open daily, accessible via a shuttle bus only (no large bags allowed). Because this is an active military base, it’s highly secure, therefore must be noted background checks are run on all guests that come onto Ford Island for private parties, requiring each person to have a clearance certificate to show the MPs, along with valid ID at the front gate.
To note on that, there will be the “Biggest Little Air Show in Hawaii” at the Pacific Aviation Museum coming up this August on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. The general public will be allowed to drive onto the base during this event, while the tickets are just $5 per person, and $15 for an entire family. This includes access to both Hangar 37 and Hangar 79. Great deal!
Summing it up, if you’re looking for a very cool and unusual place to hold your next big party, look no further than the Pacific Aviation Museum. Even if not for a private party, just visit it if you’re on Oahu, whether kama’aina or visitor. It’s an educational first class operation, run by professional staff (hello to Roxanne and Brandy!), very clean, and the displays will leave you and your guests in awe of the history and incredible global power of America. 10 SPAM Musubi rated!
Pacific Aviation Museum
Historic Ford Island
319 Lexington Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
Tel. (808) 441-1000
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