The somber memorial has reopened after repair work was done on their dock to get into the memorial itself (closed in May 2019 and reopened September 1st of 2019). So we were lucky enough to go and see and learn and I highly recommend to go if visiting Honolulu at anytime. Interestingly, they send dive teams down almost daily to record changes in the ships that have sunk, take photos and video of the artifacts found,, and do repairs that may be needed to the memorial at any time. Out of all the infantry men and women who served at that time, our guide said only three remain alive today.
Diamond Head was a welcome hike later in the day when the temperature cooled a bit, and the sun was fixing to set. It was a "short" hike but a bit arduous (though saw many little kids on the hike not complaining) and lovely at the look-out once we reached the top. It was amazing looking down over the crater and into the city and sea - all very enjoyable.
|4 divers from the National Park Service checking the USS Arizona|
|Arizona continues to spill close to 9 quarts of oil into the harbor each day - called Black Tears|
|View from the top of Diamond Head|