History of the Purple Heart

Bowfin Museum

The Purple Heart is the only decoration awarded to any soldier, sailor, airman or marine who sheds blood in defense of the nation. What follows is a history of this unique decoration and some of its WWII recipients. [...]

Steel Beach Picnic - Navy Tradition

Bowfin Museum

The U.S. Navy has seen dramatic changes since its establishment in 1775. Despite these changes, many of the Navy’s customs and traditions have remained consistent. Some harken back to early naval superstitions, whereas others reflect the discipline and comradery of the modern Navy. [...]

Health and Safety Guidelines

Bowfin Park

As the island’s most historic sites prepare to reopen their doors for business, we'd like to remind our visitors of the importance of health and safety. [...]

Remembering Hawaii’s 442nd

Bowfin Museum

Today  we’d like to remember Hawaii’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team for their valor during WWII. [...]

COVID-19 and Construction

Bowfin Museum

Find out what has been going on at Bowfin since our temporary closure.  [...]

Submarine Macots (Pets)

Bowfin Museum

As long as there have been sailors there have been mascots. The most notable are: cats, dogs, goats, gorillas, and a bear.  [...]

Scene on board USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after she was bombed.

Battle of Midway - 78 Years Ago

Bowfin Museum

The Battle of Midway was a decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that took place on 4–7 June 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea.  [...]

#HiddenHistory: Bowfin's Launching Ribbon

Bowfin Museum

Featuring USS Bowfin (SS-287) souvenir launching ribbon. This item is not currently on display but is part of our #HiddenHistory series. [...]

Submarine Warfare Insignia - "Dolphins"

Bowfin Museum

Symbols can hold great meaning; think of the American flag or the logo of your favorite sports team. For Submariners, it’s the submarine warfare insignia or their “dolphins.” [...]