Hawaii unlikely to reopen shuttered national parks

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:56:05 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 11 2013 03:07:13 PM HST

Hawaii is unlikely to reopen national parks in the islands during the federal government shutdown because it appears the state wouldn't be reimbursed for doing so.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said Friday reimbursement isn't the only factor the state needs to consider but it's a huge one.

Abercrombie said in a statement that Congress and the federal government shouldn't expect Hawaii or any other state to substitute for the federal government or assume its obligations.

"Hawaii has some of the most beautiful and most visited national parks in the country including the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USS Arizona Memorial, Haleakala National Park, and Kalaupapa National Historic Park. They are significant contributors to the state economy.," said Gov. Abercrombie.  "However, the Congress and the federal government should not expect the State of Hawaii or any other state to substitute for the federal branch of government or assume its obligations. It is the clear responsibility of Congress to end the shutdown as quickly as possible, to meet continuously until that is accomplished, and restore all federal services."

The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some national parks to reopen -- as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.

Utah plans to reopen five national parks for 10 days after sending $1.65 million to the U.S. government.

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