Visitors will not be able to go call on one of Hawaii’s most memorable and popular attractions early this summer.

The dock of the USS Arizona, across from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, will be dismantled, removed and replaced between June 13 and June 26, according to a news release,

With a total of 1.8 million visitors a year, those who arrive will only be able to observe the memorial from a boat ride.

December 7, 2014 marks the 73rd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. 7 dec 2014. photograph Cory Lum
The memorial was built over the battleship USS Arizona. Cory Lum/Civil Beat


However, access to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum will remain available to the public during that time.

“We are grateful for our close partnership with the U.S. Navy and all of the work that they’re doing to ensure that visitors during this period will still get to see the USS Arizona and its memorial, even while the new dock is being installed,” Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, stated in a news release. “The patience shown by those interested in the memorial is deeply appreciated.”

Plans to replace the dock were made prior to a boat crash that occurred last year, according to officials.

The new dock will be transported by truck to Ford Island, where it will then be floated to the memorial and attached by anchor blocks and mooring chains.

The new dock will feature skid-proof ramps which will replace the steps and ramps of the current dock.

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