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Fed shutdown closes Hawaii national parks. Here's what's closed.



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Halemaumau Crater lookout at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The federal government shutdown has prompted the closures of all of Hawaii’s National Park Service parks, monuments, trails and historic sites, until further notice.

The list of closed National Park Service sites includes three of the state’s most popular national parks—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, Haleakala National Park on Maui, and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor, Oahu—which collectively welcome thousands of visitors daily.

The closures encompass complete shutdowns of the NPS parks to all visitor and automobile traffic and affect campgrounds, trails, roads, visitor centers, programs, special events and, in the case of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hotel lodging such as the Volcano House hotel. Websites to all parks throughout the National Park System nationwide have also been shut down.

All 401 national parks throughout the U.S. are now closed until further notice.

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Haleakala National Park summit crater from lookout.

The National Park Service Hawaii parks, monuments, historic sites and trails that are closed include:


ON THE BIG ISLAND:

• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

• Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park

• Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

• Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

• Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails


ON KAUAI:


• Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge


ON MAUI:

• Haleaklala National Park

• Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

• Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge


ON MOLOKAI:


• Kalaupapa National Historical Park


ON OAHU:

• All World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument sites, including:

-    The USS Arizona Memorial
-    The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
-    The USS Utah Memorial
-    The USS Oklahoma Memorial

All boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial including the visitor center are shut down.
   
The Pacific Aviation Museum, Battleship Missouri Memorial, both part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor are not operated by federal government-budgeted staff and remain open.

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USS Arizona Memorial at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

While news of the closure of Hawaii's National Park Service sites are disappointing for visitors and residents panning to visit in the days ahead, this being Hawaii, all is not completely lost.

All Hawaii state and county parks—including Waimea Canyon State Park, Kokee State Park, Diamond Head State Monument, Akaka Falls State Park and Nuuanu Pali State Wayside— remain open, as do all beach parks and trails of the Na Ala Hele State Trail System.

For updates on the federal government shutdown, visit www.doi.gov/shutdown


Photos: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson (top), Wikipedia Commons (middle), Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Kirk Lee Aeder


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