Shutdown causes confusion for some USS Arizona visitors

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Oct 01 2013 01:22:00 PM HST

The government shutdown confused many tourists trying to see the USS Arizona Memorial, but there were other options for those looking for a history lesson and a tour.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -

Closed gates and signs are not what Hawaii visitors expected Tuesday.

"It's frustrating and annoying," said Mike Sehr, a visitor from Germany.

"This is the main thing for Hawaii.  Can't come here and not see it," said Aimee Wex, a visitor from Australia.  "Guess we'll go to the North Shore and see some good waves.  That's the next thing I think."

Some national park rangers kept visitors at bay and told us off camera they're simply keeping track of how many hours they're working with no guarantees they'll be compensated.

Tour buses continued to drop off visitors, including a Chinese company called Dragon Tours.

"Have you told them it's closed," asked KITV anchor and reporter Kenny Choi.  "Yeah they want to try to take a look," said Edwin Chen of Dragon Tours.

One "open" sign also caused some confusion among visitors.

"There's a sign that says we're open to show you Pearl Harbor, but unfortunately nothing is open," said Katie Moriarty from Australia.

But, there are still some options for people who want to visit museums, including the Pacific Aviation Museum.

(img3)USS Arizona Memorial closed during shutdown other historic sites remain open

PHOTOS: Confusion at the USS Arizona Memorial

Click here to see photos from the first day of the shutdown at the USS Arizona Memorial.

"Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is more than just the USS Arizona and national park.  They can come to Ford Island and show them the USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Missouri Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum," said Pacific Aviation Museum Director Kenneth DeHoff.  "We're not government entities so we are open during the shutdown."

"Normally we have a booth at the visitor center, but since it's closed today we have some signage up to guide people to this location," said Kodey Gratz of the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Visitors can also still visit the USS Bowfin.  The Pacific Aviation Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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