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The Associated Press

Arizona Memorial loading dock sinks

HONOLULU — The National Park Service says the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will be closed for the rest of the week after the floating dock where visitors board vessels to the site became partially submerged.

Boat tours to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu stopped Sunday after the 180-foot concrete dock dipped below the water overnight.

Park service spokesman Jay Blount says repairs have been estimated to take a week. He says crews were working to pump out the dock’s chambers, but the cause of the damage was not yet known.

All memorial programs were canceled through Saturday, but the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remains open as well as other area sites.

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Rescued monk seals recover on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA — Two Hawaiian monk seal pups found malnourished on Laysan Island are recovering at a Big Island animal hospital.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team surveying the endangered monk seal populations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands found the male and female pups to be undersized and underweight last month.

Officials say the pups named Akulikuli and Maiapilo were expected at the Marine Mammal Center hospital in Kailua-Kona in mid-September, but their arrival was delayed by Hurricane Olivia. The NOAA research vessel Oscar Elton Sette sought shelter at Pearl Harbor as the hurricane approached Hawaii.

Megan McGinnis, animal care manager at the Ke Kai Ola hospital, says “both patients are being tube fed a fish-mash smoothie three times a day” as they recover.

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Lawsuit seeks to limit helicopter traffic

HILO — A Big Island group has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking to limit helicopter traffic over the island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono, also known as HICoP, will submit oral arguments in a lawsuit against the FAA Nov. 1.

The group’s leader Bob Ernst says they have complained about helicopter noise on the island for 40 years and tried addressing the issue through other methods, but have gotten nowhere.

The group’s lawsuit seeks an injunction for the FAA to implement an Air Tour Management plan over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The plan would regulate air traffic above national parks in order to “mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural and cultural resources, visitor experiences, and tribal lands.”