USS MISSOURI

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than six-million visitors from around the world. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association.

The USS Missouri nicknamed the “Mighty Mo” holds a unique place in U.S. history. On the teak decks of USS Missouri, WWII finally came to an end on 2 September 1945. The Surrender Ceremony, which formally brought an end to the bloodiest conflict in human history, lasted a mere 23 minutes when Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, representing the Emperor of Japan, signed the Instrument of Surrender.  

The Battleship Missouri offers the opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind event, creating a lifelong memory for your guests as they step foot on one of the most famous battleships in the world. Insider Experience is an approved DMC of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and we would love to partner with you to create this once in a lifetime experience!

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YOUR USS MISSOURI EVENT

Your evening will begin with guests being welcomed down the causeway, and greeted by our Marching Band. Guests will make their way onto the battleship where they will greeted with cocktails and canapes. We will have docents (guides) strategically placed to tell the story of this famous battleship. At around sunset there will be a minute of silence.

Once our tour and sunset cocktails have concluded, guests will make their way to their seated dinner. Depending on the group size this may be either the Fantail or the Forward Pier.

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FANTAIL

The Fantail is a former flight deck and provides stunning views of Oahu’s Waianae mountain range and Pearl Harbor. The permanent tent covers the entirety of the fantail allowing for the perfect indoor outdoor effect. Surrounded by the ship’s formidable weaponry, guests experience a blend of historical ambiance and modern elegance. The location offers a sense of privacy and exclusivity, making it ideal for a gala dinner.

Fantail Capacity:

200 Seated Dinner

300 Cocktails

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FORWARD PIER

Alternatively for larger groups, guests will may make their way to the forward pier to enjoy their seated dinner. With the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri as the backdrop, an array of lighting options are available to showcase this spectacular venue. The forward pier offers a spacious area suitable for large-scale events. With a capacity for over 1000 guests, this location allows for grand celebrations, such as galas, fundraisers, or corporate functions. Guests can revel in the unique opportunity of dining beside this iconic battleship, creating a truly unforgettable experience.

 

Forward Pier Capacity:

up to 1225 Seated Dinner

up to 1800 Cocktails

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We will customize each event to the clients brief, both the Fantail and Forward Pier allow for multiple upgrades to complete the perfect evening.

Catering

The options are endless for catering at the USS Missouri. We have many partners on the island and our top-tier caterers can provide a diverse and delectable menu, ensuring a culinary experience that complements the grandeur of the venue. Alternatively, we understand the importance of some events requiring delicious food while staying within your budget constraints. We can work with our catering partners to provide you with a fantastic dining experience at a lower cost ensuring reliable service and fresh ingredients.

Decor

Our team will create a theme tailored to suit the specific purpose and goals of your event, whether it’s a formal gala or a relaxed welcome reception. Our in house team will tailor the decor to enhance the ship’s historic features while adding touches of elegance and sophistication. The USS Missouri’s unique setting in Hawaii provides a captivating backdrop for a wide range of event themes.

Some examples of themes in the past we have created include, Red, White and Blue, Star Spangled Banner, Aloha to the future, Tropical time travel, Battleship bash: a salute to the 60s.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Our team will arrange for entertainment that aligns with the event’s theme and the venue’s significance. This could include live music that ranges from a jazz trio to a local Hawaiian duo, to a 8-piece band for guests to dance the night away. A popular option for USS Missouri events is 40’s era / USO style vignettes that perform the classics between courses. Furthermore we can provide cultural performances, or interactive exhibits, themed performances, guest speakers & photo opportunities.

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The value of working with Insider Experience

We absolutely love this venue and our events produced at this location are nothing short of spectacular! However as the venue is located on an active military base, there are a number of rules and regulations that we assist our clients to navigate. Some of these include:

– Vendor Approval. As the USS Missouri is located on Ford Island, an active military base, all civilians needing base access to perform work at the USS Missouri need accreditation. Insider Experience will manage this for catering staff, AV staff, entertainers and the like.

– Clear Bag Policy. Only clutches (strap or no strap) and small wallets measuring 1.5″ X 2.25″ X 5.5″ or less in total dimensions are allowed. We will provide specific instructions to share with your guests.

– Restoration of the teak deck is an ongoing project and is a high priority for the Battleship Missouri Memorial. As such any drinks served outside of the event spaces must be limited to clear liquids (ie. white wine, rose wine, champagne, clear liquors, and clear sodas). During your seated dinner whether the Fantail or Forward Pier, dark liquids such as red wine are allowed.

– Kitchen build. There are no existing kitchen facilities. All equipment is hired in for event day and our team coordinate temporary structures, generators, lighting and other needs for the culinary team.

– All event décor and costumes must be approved in advance by the Events Department. Costumes impersonating active-duty military uniforms are prohibited.

– All amplified music/entertainment must stop by 9:30pm and all guests must depart by 10pm

Hosting an event on the USS Missouri offers a unique and immersive experience, combining historical importance with modern luxury. It provides a canvas for creating unforgettable moments that resonate with guests for years to come. The team at Insider Experience looks forward to working with you to create this!

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Thank you, Insider Experience, for an exceptional job as our DMC for the USS Missouri Gala Dinner in Hawaii! The evening was beyond memorable, filled with breathtaking views, rich history, delectable food, and outstanding entertainment. Your team’s understanding of the unique challenges posed by a military base venue made the entire process seamless. Despite the unexpected high winds on the event day, your clear communication and expert decision-making ensured a flawless experience. Dancing the night away, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. We highly recommend Insider Experience for their in-depth knowledge of this venue, coupled with their expertise and professionalism.

Karen Sainsbury – Managing Director – Cornerstone Events

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