Berlin Wall slab.

Berlin Wall Slab and Mini Twin Towers

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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Nowadays chunks of the old Berlin Wall are scattered across America, but in 1992 they were a novelty. Honolulu Community College became only the third place in the U.S. to acquire one. The 12-foot high, three-ton slab stands upright as it did in Berlin, with its graffiti-covered side facing West and its clean, if-you-touch-me-you-die side facing East.

Thirteen years later, a 9/11 memorial was erected next to the Berlin slab. Twin five-foot-tall shiny steel towers support a plexiglass American flag. Attached to the back of the memorial, in a sealed vessel, are a golf-ball-sized piece of World Trade Center rubble and a charred hunk of the Pentagon's roof.

Honolulu is next to Pearl Harbor, a place not unfamiliar with sneak attacks.

Berlin Wall Slab and Mini Twin Towers

Honolulu Community College

874 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI
On the campus of Honolulu Community College, adjacent to the Keiki Hauoli Children's Center and its outdoor playground. From Dillingham Blvd turn northeast onto Kokea St. Drive two blocks and park on the street. You'll see a chained-off street that leads right, between two parking lots. Walk down it, as far as you can. The monuments will be just beyond the end of the furthest parking lot, next to a tall campus building.
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