Government shutdown could affect Hawaii businesses, attractions

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Thousands of people every day come to the Arizona Memorial. That would all come to a halt if there is a government shutdown.

“In the event of a government shutdown, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and its associated parking lots will be closed. Access to the USS Arizona Memorial will not be available,” said Eileen Martinez, National Park Service.

There will be a fallout. Visitors will have problems visiting the USS Missouri Memorial, the Pacific Aviation Museum, and more. Plus, many businesses depend on the memorials for their livelihood.

“There are a number of partners, cooperators, other businesses, our visitors. There are a number of people who are interested in our plans for a possible government shutdown,” Martinez said.

“They’re all so important for the people that work in Hawaii, the people that live in Hawaii because it brings in so much money. I mean, I wouldn’t be working today if people didn’t want to come to Pearl Harbor,” limo driver Mark Nielsen said. “Everybody’s going to be affected if they shut down the national parks for sure.”

A visitor from Nebraska may have summed it up best when KHON2 asked if she had a message to send to Washington.

“Well, I’d like to see them quit wasting money in other places and use it more for things like this, which our generations are going to need to see and understand what happened,” visitor Winny Rust said.

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