Hawaii Open For Business Despite Federal Government Shutdown


Hawaii is open for business despite the federal government shutdown – that is the message we’ve added to the gohawaii.com homepage so travelers, travel agents and meeting planners know that there is still much to do in Hawaii despite the closure of National Parks, monuments, sanctuaries and refuges (which are listed in the message).  The page, located athttp://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/special-alert1, will be updated if new information becomes available.  Feel free to link to the page.  

Below is an official statement from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.


Statement Attributable to Mike McCartney, President and CEO
Hawaii Tourism Authority


Despite 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, 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 USS Missouri will remain open.

The HTA will continue to monitor the federal government shutdown and how it may impact Hawaii 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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Media Contacts:
Angela Rodriguez
Hawaii Tourism Authority
(808) 973-2272           

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