The government shutdown has left a number of Hawaii monuments and memorials without any type of regular upkeep for two weeks.
Fifty members of all branches of the military and their families came to the Arizona Memorial Monday morning to take care of the grounds. Thank social media for that.
"Saw the word on Facebook and I thought what better way to support those who got this country where we are. And since no one was taking care of it, I figured why not help with everybody else," said Dylan Welter, U.S. Coast Guard.
At one point Monday morning, police were called to the scene. The volunteers were suspected of trespassing. After a brief conversation, it was understood why the volunteers were at the Arizona.
"Pride, really. We hate to see our land -- this is everyone's right to be here -- and it's nice to have it be the way it should be in order to have it honor the ones who this land honors," said Matthew Miczynski, U.S. Army.
Visitors who planned to come to the memorial were disappointed, but appreciated the work of the volunteers.
"I think it's marvelous. It shows respect for what has happened in the past and how they feel about the place, so we're very impressed," said Jane Smith, who is visiting from England.
Tourism and the military are the two biggest industries in the state. Gov. Neil Abercrombie is anxious for Congress to reach an agreement on the federal budget to get the state back on track.
"I guarantee you that a bill dealing with the reopening of the government, the funding, the debt limit, it will pass. It will pass with a bi-partisan majority," Gov. Abercrombie said.
Being in the military is hard work, but this is hard work, too. Is it the toughest?
"No, sir. No, sir not at all. I think taking care of my little one and my wife is the most physical. Love you, babe," Welter said.
At least 40 students got sick and 27 of them were taken to the hospital. Officials are now taking a look at what the kids 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.