This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The historic battleship row mooring quays alongside the USS Arizona serve as strong and quiet reminders of American strength in the face of adversity. KITV got an exclusive look at what's being done to preserve these iconic structures.
The mooring quays are the last structures remaining from the attack on Battleship row during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The quays withstood the bombing, but are losing their battle with the environment.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument's Scott Pawlowski says "They are actively falling apart and degrading now. You can see cracks, rust, spalling of the concrete. That coupled with being in a marine environment does not bode well for their future."
There's a plan in place to restore the mooring quays. The project is expected to take about 5 years, at an estimated cost of 5-million dollars, funded mostly by donations. The money would be used to start the restoration project along battleship row. Metal inside the concrete structures is starting to rust and break the concrete that surrounds it. There are 6 of these damaged mooring quays alongside the USS Arizona memorial. The restoration work will be done in partnership with the Concrete Preservation Institute and the US Military Career Skills Program
Tanya Komas is the Founding Director of Concrete Preservation Institute, she says "the Concrete Preservation Institute offers a career skills program here in Hawaii. It's the first for the department of defense overseas. The work done on these quays will be done by active duty service members as they are getting ready for jobs in the industry."
There's also a plan to kick start the restoration project by winning a quarter-million dollar grant in an online contest. Grant winners will be determined by internet voting. People can vote daily, and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park. So get clicking! visit http://voteyourpark.org/pearlharbor to cast your vote today and then spread the word on social media with the hashtag #VoteYourPearlHarbor.