Pearl City, Hawaii

Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor on the Oahu island in Hawaii and is the second largest city in the U.S. State of Hawaii. The city has a successful tourism industry and international and local industry. Many business establishments have made Pearl City their home. The city has many parks, beaches, museums and other tourist attractions. Pearl City is about 11 miles to the west of Honolulu.

To See And To Do In Pearl City

  • The Beaches
  • Pearl City District Park
  • Pearl City Shopping Center
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waiau District Park
  • Bishop Museum
  • Pearl City Kai Playground
  • Kahana Valley State Park
  • Pacific Palisades Community Park

History Of Pearl City - Timeline

Early Hawaiians called the area Pu'uloa (long hill). Around 1794, western explorers came to the area. The Pearl River proved oysters, which bore pearls. By 1815, the lucrative pearl trade was a successful business. The oyster population of Pearl River rapidly wane around 1850. In 1905, the Pearl City Hongwanji Buddhist Temple opened. In 1899, the U.S. naval base, Pearl Habor, was in use. In the early 1900s, the sugar production industry was the main business in the city. The World War II made the sugar plantations and refineries to close down.

On December 7, 1941, over 350 Japanese bomber planes attacked Pearl Harbor. Deaths of military personnel totaled 2,323 people. Many civilians were also killed in the attack. Another 1,178 people were wounded. Eight battleships were sunk or damaged, along with three light cruisers, three destroyers, and four smaller ships. 21 United States ships were damaged and 347 planes. 1,177 men perished in the fiery sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona, which was at its moorings on Battleship Row, and sunk in just nine minutes after being hit by a bomb.

Nine hundred of the Arizona's crew remain entombed in the sunken vessel. United States anti-aircraft guns responded to the warplanes 15 minutes after the start of the bombing. Only 29 Japanese planes were destroyed. After the World War II, many tourism and trade business establishments have popped up in the city.

In 1942, the headquarters of the Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church was completed. In 1968, the LEEWARD Community College was founded. In 1971, the Pearl City High School opened. In 1975, the Lehua Nani building was built. In 1984, the Century Park Plaza Tower A and B was completed. In 2010, 47,698 people lived in the city.