Seven submarines, not any of which belong to the U.S. Navy, operate daily in Hawaii. They are tourist submarines located at Kona, Maui, and Waikiki/Honolulu. Each year they carry thousands of people under the sea to view marine life, coral, and sunken wrecks. Of course, these are not really submarines, but rather manned submersibles carrying up to 64 passengers and a crew of three.
The war off Waikiki is the competition between two companies, one with three submersibles at Waikiki and the other with two submersibles at nearby Honolulu. Operating tempo can reach eight one-hour dives a day, seven days a week—a maximum of 14,560 seats a week. At an average ticket price of $80, this isn't a bad business if tourism levels stay healthy. Unfortunately, this has not been the case during the ongoing Asian economic slump.