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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kayakers were dwarfed Saturday by the bow of the USS Tarawa, a general-purpose amphibious assault ship moored in the Middle Loch of Pearl Harbor. Members of the kayak club Hui Wa'a Kaukahi obtained permission to tour the area, where vessels are kept in the Navy Inactive Fleet Maintenance Facility Pearl Harbor, in the first public tour of Pearl Harbor by kayak since the late 1980s.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Ken Frey demonstrates a signal he would use to his fellow kayakers during the trip.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM A kayak heads back to Rainbow Bay, leaving a ship in the Inactive Fleet behind.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kayak club members grouped together in front of the USS Tarawa.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM The USS San Jose, left, a combat stores ship, sits alongside the ammunition ships USNS?Shasta and the USNS?Kiska. The San Jose earned three battle stars for service in the Vietnam War; the Shasta is in the reserve fleet; and the Kiska is scheduled for disposal by sinking.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kevin Ching, president of kayak club Hui Wa‘a Kaukahi, helped Star-Advertiser photographer Dennis Oda paddle to the ships Saturday. Ching paddled with a camera atop his head.