Federal government shutdown yet to affect some tourist locations
Some of Hawaii's tourism sites remain open despite the federal government shutdown.
The Honolulu Tourism Authority (HTA) says all of the state and county parks, beaches and trails are open to the public, and none of the state's airports have been affected. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Towers, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are continuing to operate at Hawaii's airports, as essential personnel.
Many national parks in Hawaii have been closed, including:
- Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails, Hawaii Island
- Haleakala National Park, Maui
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
- Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Molokai
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii Island
- Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island
- Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island
- USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Oahu
In addition, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center on Maui and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai have been closed.
At Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and Battleship Missouri Memorial on Oahu will remain open.
HTA plans to continue monitoring the federal government shutdown, and how it may impact Hawaii and our visitor industry. HTA President Mike McCartney says, "We hope that a compromise will be reached soon and this shutdown will have a limited effect on our community and the thousands of federal workers here in the state."
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