Pearl Harbor News:
Aloha friends we would like to update you about Pearl Harbor National Memorial. In May of 2018 cracks in the loading dock and loading ramp to the USS Arizona Memorial were discovered. Since then the USS Arizona Memorial has been closed the memorial to visitors. Right now visitors can get very close to the memorial on a boat but cannot walk on the memorial.
In March of 2019, $2.1 million was awarded to fix the memorial. Now, the National Park Service is working on these fixes. They hope to have the memorial open by December 7 of this year, the 78th remembrance of Pearl Harbor. There are no quick fixes as NPS is committed to protecting the archeology related to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Furthermore, reducing all possible disturbances to the wreck of the USS Arizona, the final resting place of over 900 men.
“The USS Arizona Memorial’s floating dock was reinstalled on July 10, 2019, and will be followed by installation of the Seaflex mooring system. Repairs remain on schedule for reopening in the fall of 2019 (no specific date yet). Thank you for your patience as we continue this process.”
— National Park Service
Alternatives to the USS Arizona Memorial
There are still lots of things to do when you visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial even with the USS Arizona Memorial undergoing renovation. The memorial program is up and running which starts with a 25-minute documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack. Following the documentary, visitors are taken on a 15-minute narrated harbor boat tour of Battleship Row and the areas around the USS Arizona Memorial. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial has 3 other memorials; USS Bowfin Submarine, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. The Waikiki Trolley stops at Pearl Harbor on the Purple Line every hour and 10 minutes.
For more information read our blog “10 Tips On Visiting Pearl Harbor” for more information on visiting Pearl Harbor
If you are looking for a more inclusive tour check out E Noa Tours.