Commercial Use Authorization Program
Contact: Douglas Lentz, 808-422-2771
In accordance with Section 418 of Public Law 105-391, the National Park Service (NPS) and the USS Arizona Memorial (Visitor Center) will require that all commercial tour operators providing transportation and/or tours to the Visitor Center be authorized through Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs).
The NPS estimates that approximately one third of the 1.5 million annual visitors to the site arrive via a commercial tour of some type. CUAs will help address the long wait times, congestion, and access issues at the Visitor Center. Additionally, the replacement visitor center construction project at the USS Arizona Memorial, which will begin construction in the summer of 2008, will require a coordinated effort among all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition and limited interruptions of service and/or access. The NPS is developing a transition strategy and the CUAs will have special conditions that pertain specifically to that.
The NPS invites you to provide information about commercial tour visitation to the Visitor Center. We intend to bring together representatives from all parties currently providing or interested in providing commercial tour service to the Visitor Center to discuss the new CUA program and its implementation. The general public is invited to either of these two town hall type meetings:
Thursday, January 17th or Friday, January 18th at 3pm at one of the USS Arizona Memorial Theatres
The Visitor Center and theatres are located at 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818.
Did You Know?
The Japanese aerial bomb that struck the forward section of the USS Arizona ignited the forward magazine causing a catastrophic explosion that sunk the battleship in nine minutes.