December 2018 Update: The Arizona Memorial’s dock is currently undergoing repairs that are expected to complete in March of 2019.
Until dock repairs are completed, the boat ride will be a narrated tour around the Memorial and it will not actually land at the Memorial.
All other aspects of the Arizona Tour, including the Visitor’s Center, Museum, and documentary film are all operating normally.
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without seeing the state’s most popular and historically important attraction … The documentary film that is shown at the Visitor’s Center sets a somber and reflective tone which this sacred place deserves.
People walk out to the ferry boat in hushed silence for the short ride out to the Memorial.
Once you arrive you will gaze down into the water where, just below the surface, lies the submerged hulk of the USS Arizona.
The sunken ship is the final resting place for many of the 1177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
Looking up through the skylights of the Memorial, you’ll see the American flag waving at half-staff in contrast to the stark white of the Memorial and the deep-blue sky.
And looking at one end of the Memorial, you’ll see the names of those who died on the Arizona carved in stone.
If you look closely, you’ll see a sheen of oil at the surface of the water.
More than 70 years later trace amounts of oil still leak from the hull of the Arizona.
While the Arizona Memorial is the main attraction at Pearl Harbor, there is lots more to see and do here.