It's back to business in our nation's capital.
Late Wednesday night, a short-term deal was reached to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government. Furloughed workers headed back to work and many monuments and museums were reopened.
It's welcomed news for many Hawaii visitors.
The parking lot will be jam packed Friday as eager visitors come to the Arizona Memorial. The staff will be ready.
"I think everybody's just really excited to be back to work. And we have been working diligently today to get everything in place, get the systems in place, get the museums back up, the theater, the grounds. That everything is safe and a good experience for the visitors that arrive tomorrow," U.S. Park Ranger Eileen Martinez said.
There was some question why other national parks opened Thursday while the Arizona Memorial did not. For instance, Volcanoes National Park opened early Thursday morning.
"And so to immediately open the doors and let people in, there's a lot going on behind the scenes. So we want to make sure that everything is in place for the visitors when they arrive tomorrow morning," Martinez said.
During the 16-day government shutdown, tour companies were hit hard.
"We looked at it and we figured out it was about $50,000 to $60,000 a day on losses of not being able to go to the Arizona Memorial and also not being able to go to Volcanoes National Park," said Arnold Albiar of Discover Tours Hawaii.
Discover Tours Hawaii has almost 100 employees. KHON2 wondered what happened with them over the past two weeks.
"We were able to keep them all on staff. We reduced some hours. We kind of communicated with our employees about how we were going to be managing that and it was just basically on a volunteer basis. So it worked out really well," Albiar said.
While some federal employees were furloughed during the shutdown, KHON2 learned that most Social Security workers at the federal building downtown were at their desks processing paperwork -- everything, but issuing new Social Security cards. That function will begin again Friday as will the tours of Hawaii's most popular visitor destination.
"Phone calls are starting to come in, online service is starting to come in, agencies are starting to book them, so we're waiting for tomorrow. We did get confirmation from our partners that they're ready to go at 7:30 tomorrow morning," Albiar said.
About 40 students got sick and 25 of them, along with two adults, were taken to the hospital. Officials are now taking a look at what they ate for lunch.
It may be the season of giving, but unlike years past, the giving spirit is in short supply this year. The Salvation Army says donations at its Red Kettles are down by nearly one-third and it's not alone.
An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of an elderly man in Chinatown.