Due to the government shutdown, many visitors to Hawaii are planning their weekend without access to the national parks.
The Arizona Memorial is closed, but visitors can still get a glimpse of the historic attraction, which was the one wish for a special visitor who may never see it again.
In a few years, Jayden Strader may not be able to see.
"He has warfarin syndrome, which is a degenerative genetic disorder. It's taking his vision his and his hearing. He's got diabetes, he started having seizures," said Kristiana Strader, Jayden's mother.
Jayden, along with his mother, made the journey to the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
But even the foundation couldn't plan for a federal government shutdown.
"The Make-A-Wish Foundation called us one day and told us the government shut the Arizona down," Jayden said.
"It was yesterday, actually, and they were changing their plans on us. So, we weren't sure what we were going to be able to do," Kristina said.
Fortunately, Jayden and his family heard that the volunteers at the USS Missouri Battleship Memorial could get him a closer view of the Arizona Memorial.
"We've just moved our shuttle bus location to this parking lot so that they can still go over and visit the Missouri, perhaps the Aviation Museum, as well as get some pictures close to the Arizona Memorial as we deal with what's going on in Washington, D.C.," said Reggie Johnson, with the USS Missouri.
So until Congress and the federal government figure things out, the public can still park at the Arizona Memorial parking lot, a catch a free shuttle bus to Ford Island, and listen to volunteers give a free-dock side interpretation of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Arizona.
For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.
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