Ehime Maru Memorial: Tragedy Remembered|
The Ehime Maru Memorial in Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, was
built by the Japanese to remember the tragic accident involving the
USS Greeneville (a submarine) and the Ehime Maru (a Japanese fishing
boat) on February 9, 2001. The incident happened several nautical
miles south of Oahu, and was the cause of a lot of controversy because
of the circumstances leading up to the collision. (Basically, there
were civilians on the bridge of the sub, which may have played a role
in the mishap.) It was a cause for concern on both sides of the
On November 11, 2001, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association was formed
as a non-profit to oversee a memorial of some sort to remember the
tragic events. The Governor of Hawaii at the time, Benjamin Cayetano,
donated a spot of land in Kakaako Waterfront Park to honor the crew
and high school students who lost their lives when a US Navy submarine
surfaced without warning and struck the Ehime Maru.
If you're in Honolulu and remember hearing all about the Ehime Maru
when it was on the news many years ago, stopping at the Ehime Maru
Memorial in Kakaako Waterfront Park is an interesting way to immerse
yourself in a piece of modern history. The whole incident was tragic,
but the simple memorial is a fitting and solemn way to remember those
who lost their lives when the submarine struck the fishing boat.
Stopping by to pay your respects is a thought if you're in the area.
When you're done, there are a lot of other things to do in the area as