Beginning on Friday, July 10, the USS Arizona Memorial is once again open for visitors. A newly-modified program—which must be reserved online in advance—will include the US Navy shuttle boat ride and extended time aboard the Memorial.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the adjacent Bowfin Submarine have been open to visitors since June 19, and the Battleship Missouri and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on Ford Island reopened on June 24. The resumption of tours to the USS Arizona Memorial means that all of the major Pearl Harbor attractions are now operational.
In order to keep guests and staff safe, all visitors are required to wear face coverings while at each of the attractions. In addition, the shuttle boats are operating at reduced capacity—no more than 50 passengers per trip on vessels that can accommodate 150. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, which screens a 23-minute documentary film about the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and the USS Arizona Memorial, remains closed. Instead, Park Rangers give guests a brief introduction and orientation before the ride to the Memorial. Because of the reduced numbers, guests are given more time aboard the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the 1,177 men who perished when the battleship exploded and sank nearly 80 years ago.
Currently, all reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial program must be made online. Guests with reservations will have their confirmation scanned at a contactless check-in station 30 minutes prior to the start time of their program.
With out-of-state tourism virtually non-existent at this time, now is a terrific opportunity for Hawaii residents to experience Pearl Harbor without the typical crowds. Locals who have visited since the reopening have reported feeling much more connected to the sites, and appreciate being able to spend more time exploring the museums and exhibits at their leisure.