Installation of the new USS Arizona Memorial dock is now complete, and visitors are once again able to disembark on the memorial.
A Hawaiian blessing was held prior to its opening Wednesday.
The public had been unable to step onto the memorial since June 13, as the old dock was removed and a new one installed.
The new dock was designed in Hawaii by a local company, and attached using anchor blocks and mooring chains. Accessibility and safety were major factors in its design.
“It has the new ramping, so there’s no more steps. It’s all ramps, so it’s very, very safe. On top of that, it has to have guardrails and handrails and allow visitors to get on the memorial in a safe and quick manner,” said Daniel Martinez, chief historian, National Park Service, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
The previous dock was installed in 1990 and had a mix of ramps and stairs.
Tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial are free. About 1,300 walk-in tickets are given away each day, first-come, first-served. Visitors can also make reservations online here.