Origin of Pearl Harborafter the pearl oysters once there
Pearl HarborPearl Harbor
USS Shaw exploding in the attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
From Hawaiian Wai Nomi (“pearl water").
- A sneak attack, often using underhanded measures.
- A seminal dramatic event that unites a community and arouses it into action against an enemy.
From the December 7, 1941, surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor.