The West Point Department of History conducted a staff ride to Oahu, Hawaii where cadets examined the causes and consequences of American expansion into the islands. Cadets visited sites such as the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the Iolani Palace, Schofield Barracks, Pacific Historic Parks - Diamond Head State Monument, Pearl Harbor, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Waikiki, and the North Shore. Cadets pursued answers to historical questions and sought to better understand how Hawaii went from an independent island kingdom, to a strategic U.S. territory, to the 50th state in the Union. Cadets also attempted surfing and attended a luau to experience unique Hawaiian culture and understand the legacy of U.S. expansion into Hawaii. The group gained a deeper appreciation for the state and people of Hawaii and greater knowledge about an often-overlooked aspect of American history.