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HTA Statement – Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown

October 3, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

hawaiitourismDespite the federal government shutdown, Hawaii is open for business. All of the state and county parks, beaches and trails remain open 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.

However, all of the 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. The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and Battleship Missouri Memorial on Oahu will remain open.

The HTA will continue to monitor the federal government shutdown and how it may impact Hawai’i and our visitor industry. 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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