The U.S. Department of Interior announced Thursday it will consider letting states reopen national parks if they put up the funds. All national parks have been closed as a result of the government shutdown.
Since the government shutdown, visitors have been turned away at the Arizona Memorial. But that could change if the state agrees to take over temporary responsibility for the federal landmark.
"It's going to be very tough and I think it's going to be more a financial decision that the state's going to make. And at this time, it's going to be hard for us to reopen the parks without knowing what the true fiscal impact is going to be on our state," Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui said.
So far, Hawaii has not joined Utah, South Dakota, Arizona, and Colorado in asking permission to reopen national parks under state jurisdiction.
The question comes down to money. If the state takes over park administration, will the state be reimbursed? That answer is still up in the air.
"What we're hopeful for right now is that the government does reopen sooner than later because again, we're concerned that the financial situation burden that might be put on the state. So we want to put this behind us so that hopefully they can come to an agreement on the debt ceiling and then we can continue to move forward," Tsutsui said.
Best estimates indicate more than seven million visitors at 400 national parks have been turned away since Oct.1. That means millions of dollars for the local economies here and around the country. It also means a loss in income for those park employees -- at least 35 at the Arizona Memorial and more than 100 at Volcanoes National Park.
Communities are losing more than they are gaining by a government shutdown.
"And that would probably be my guess, too. I don't have any numbers to back that up, but I think you're assessment would probably be correct," Tsutsui said.
There is a lot of fallout from the government shutdown, but the closure of national treasures hits hard in Hawaii.
"It is a very unfortunate situation because we know in many cases a number of these visitors have come to enjoy some of these national parks that we have," Tsutsui said.
The City explains why the restroom has been closed for several weeks, and when it's expected to re-open. There's also a temporary remedy on the way.
Drivers can expect road closures during all hours of the day in different areas across the H-1 Freeway.
The city is being a grinch. That's according to Kaneohe residents who've been told that the rent at their affordable housing apartments is about to go up as much as $600 a month.