There are two simple things you can to to make your day at the Pearl Harbour Exhibit.
Firstly, arrive as early as you can (avoid the crowds) and collect your tickets (free) from the left hand ticket desk. Do this first, don't even go to the toilet, just get your tickets. There are only so many allocated for each tour time - for example we arrived at about 9:30 and didn't go on the tour until 12:30.
Once you have your tickets you can look at the exhibits and go on the audio tour ($7:50). We didn't bother with this as there are more than enough exhibits and pieces of information to give you an in-depth overview of the infamous day. You can also pay extra to go on the Bowfin or Missouri, but we chose not to. There was still plenty to see.
The Arizona monument is just spectacular in a simple, elegant and proud way. You are given ample time to absorb the loss of life and look at the wreck/tomb of the Arizona. Interesting to note the continual leaking of oil from the Arizona since the day it sank.
All the staff were friendly and answered any questions. You cant take any bags into the area (clear plastic bag with water, wallet, camera out of case, baby gear, medications etc is ok) but the baggage storage area is just to the right of the entrance. You can buy food and drinks once inside.
My husband was 50/50 about going to Pearl, but once there he loved every minute and he's been researching things since we got back from the memorial!
Oh and the second piece of advice - TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO PEARL. You can get on the 20 or 42 from Kuhlio ave (runs behinds most of the major hotels on Waikiki) and it costs $2.50 per person each way. These buses go past every 15-20 minutes. The trip takes about an hour but lets you see the city of Honolulu and the suburbs (the stop is announced so you know when to get off). When you finish at Pearl go out of the exhibit onto the main road and the bus is on your left hand side. Since the Pearl memorial and boat to the Arizona is FREE (and you can pay for the audio tour, bowfin and Missouri tour once you arrive) there is NO reason why you need to pay a tour company a ridiculously inflated price to essentially drive you to the site. Our day ended up costing us $13 (bus and baggage) for an incredible experience.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.