Personal stories bring Hickam Historical Tour to life

(Via Ho’okele News)

MWR patrons listen to tour guide Jesse Higa at the flagpole inside the traffic circle on the Hickam side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. MWR Marketing photo

Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Hickam Historical Tour includes views of decades-old buildings that still bear the marks of bullets, historical sites and memorials.

Tour guide Jessie Higa discusses the personal side of Hickam’s history, including World War II. She shares anecdotal stories and first-person accounts from the memories of those who lived through the events.

Mark Saruwatari, tour director, said that the personal accounts are what make this tour unique. Saruwatari added that unlike other excursions offered around the island, this tour “is the only one of its kind. There is no other tour for Hickam.”

The tour includes information about the unique botanical and architectural landscape of Hickam, which is why it is also known as the “Garden City.”

The Hickam Historical Tour departs at 9:30 a.m. every Friday from the Hickam ITT office. The price is $45 for adults and $40 for children ages 3 to 11 and includes lunch. For more information, call the ITT office at 448-2295.

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