Polynesian Island Hop

American Samoa NP – Ofu

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific comprised primarily of Tutuila and the Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u).  It is located about 2600 miles Southwest of Hawaii and about 4800 miles southwest of the mainland United States.  Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)  is its closes neighbor, but on the other side of the International Date Line, making American Samoa one day behind Samoa.

The Samoa Islands are part of Polynesia, and have been populated for over 3000 years.  Samoa is believed to be the birthplace of the Polynesian culture.

The lagoon along the south coast of Ofu offers the best snorkeling waters in the park.

For more information about this park, visit the National Park Service website at:

http://www.nps.gov/state/as/index.htm

World War II Valor in the Pacific NM

Link to Wikipedia

The USS Arizona Memorial, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu led to the United States’ direct involvement in World War II.  The USS Arizona Memorial is one of several sites in Hawaii and elsewhere that are part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

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