Which Hawaii attractions are affected by the partial government shutdown?

By Hawaii.com Team

Many popular attractions in Hawaii are federally funded, meaning the partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22, 2018, is having at least a partial impact on tourist activities.

Access and availability can be unpredictable during the shutdown, and staffing limitations might mean that official websites aren’t updated regularly, so before you go, plan alternative activities just to be safe.


The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor was already offering limited access due to dock repairs that are expected to take until at least March, but the visitor center was still open as of the first week of January. However, the National Parks Service website notes that access could change without notice.

Among the Oahu locations that remain open and unaffected by the partial shutdown are:

Hawaii Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is partially open. The park and its visitor center are open to the public, but expect limitations on services and restroom facilities. Some areas of the park — including Chain of Craters Road and campground facilities — are closed.

Volcanoes National Park. Photo: Hawaii.com member Daniel B.


Haleakala National Park on Maui is open, but its visitors centers, cabins and access to camping locations are closed. Recreation.gov, which facilitates reservations for cabins, notes that existing reservations might not be honored during the shutdown for areas like Haleakala National Park.

Sunrise from Haleakala. Photo: Bob Weir.

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