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WWII Valor and the Pacific Monument will close if government shuts down

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Sep 29 2013 05:36:00 PM HST

So called non-essential services, like the National Parks systems, will be among the first to be notified if a government shut down happens. But federal employees aren't the only ones who would be affected.

HONOLULU -

Waiting for a possible federal government shutdown, Hawaii parks and services are preparing for what could be looming at the beginning of October.

So called non-essential services, like the National Parks systems, will be among the first to be notified if the shut down happens. But federal employees aren't the only ones who would be affected.

Waynett Robins with Polynesian Adventures Tour is worried. If the WWII Valor and the Pacific Monument closes from a government shutdown no one will be walking through the gates to the USS Arizona Memorial and she worried no one will be taking her tour.

"I only do three tours a day and this is one of the main things I do. It's going to hurt us a lot," said Waynett Robins with Polynesian Adventures Tour.

"Being from Australia we don't have a good understanding of what happened here and it would be disappointing for other people could not find out," said Bridget Dennis visiting from Australia.

"There's times when they shut down the Arizona when the winds are up and they get upset because this is what they mainly come here to see to learn about our history," said Robins.

That history lesson will have to be put on hold. There won't be any federal employees to give it. If there's a shutdown the National Park Service spokesperson said out of the 39 employees at this park 35 will receive furlough notices Tuesday morning. With the closed Pearl Harbor visitor center non-profits that use the main front gate will be affected also.

"I came here when I was a little kid and I barely remember it. I guess I took it for granted that it would always be here and I would have a chance to come visit it," said Veronica Nunas.

"It's something to do. You can bring the keikis and come visit something that's a part of history that happened here in Hawaii," said Antonia Kim who visited the memorial on Sunday.

The park will still be open on Monday. Officials with other Pearl Harbor sites such as the Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and  Pacific Aviation Museum say they will wait to see if their services and schedules need to be modified.

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