KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dignitaries from Hawaii and Japan gathered at the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park on Thursday to remember the nine Japanese citizens who lost their lives when a U.S. submarine collided with the Ehime Maru.
Four of the victims of the 2001 collision were students.
The Governor of Japan's Ehime Prefecture, Tokihiro Nakamura, and Governor David Ige gathered around 1 p.m. to lay wreaths at the memorial.
"We will never forget the tragic incident that destroyed the Ehime Maru, taking the lives of 9 innocent individuals," Ige later wrote.
Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa, Japan Diet members, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other Ehime officials also attended.