Most Americans are familiar with Pearl Harbor as the scene of the Japanese attack that pulled the United States into World War II. There are, however, other aspects of Pearl Harbor that also make it an important place to visit. Pearl Harbor remains a vital, operational military base for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Ocean. Many military operations and relief efforts are planned and staged out of Pearl Harbor. It was established as a military base by the United States in 1908.
Mauna Kea, a now dormant volcano and a sacred site for Native Hawaiians, is currently the site of 13 different telescopes, not all belonging to the United States, as some belong to the NASA, Japan, and the United Kingdom. One may wonder why this one site is the home so many different telescopes and the answer is simple: it is one of the best observatory places on the planet. Mauna Kea is located over 13,000 feet above sea level, and over 32,000 feet from the bottom of the ocean. When counting from the depths of the sea, Mauna Kea is the highest mountain in the world.
In laymen's terms, a Virginia-class submarine is an attack submarine. Traditional submarines are most equipped for near-shore combat, but the Virginia- class is not only suited for near shore excursions, but open-ocean deployments. According to the Navy, on board the USS Hawaii, digital cameras replace the traditional periscope, and hydrophones allow the crew to listen to their surroundings. This class of submarine is also equipped with everything needed for a variety of battle situations, whether the mission is mapping out minefields or keeping surveillance.