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HVNP to Resume Normal Hours, Jan. 23

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has announced that it will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, after the government shutdown that limited the park’s services.

As the government shutdown continued on Monday, portions of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remained closed on Jan. 22, due to public safety.

HVNP: What’s Open & Closed During Government Shutdown

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces that due to the lapse in federal appropriations and the ongoing eruption of Kīlauea Volcano both at the summit and from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, portions of the park are closed for visitor safety.

PC: NPS Janice Wei.

The open areas include Highway 11 through the park and Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu (Kīpukapuaulu Trail, the day-use area and tree molds are open). Ka‘ū Desert Trail is open to the Footprints exhibit shelter. However, access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. Backcountry permits will not be issued and overnight camping will not be permitted.

Photo courtesy of Scott Cate .

The hazardous geologic processes and the immediate threats to visitor health and safety necessitate the restriction of access to areas that are volcanically active. These closed areas include the entire summit area of Kīlauea, Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road and the active lava flow within the park boundary.

Guests at Volcano House and Kīlauea Military Camp have 48 hours to depart by Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. Volcano Art Center Gallery is also closed.

The park reiterates that hazards associated with the active volcano pose a significant risk to the safety of visitors in the absence of National Park Service staff.

Government Shutdown Leads Hawaii Acting Governor to Put Hawaii Under Hiring Freeze Within Executive Branch

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced that the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch.

Lt. Governor Tsutsui at a press conference

Lt. Governor Tsutsui at a press conference

The Acting Governor has signed an Executive Memorandum from Finance Director Kalbert Young authorizing the temporary general freeze, which is effective immediately. The temporary freeze is necessary to conserve dwindling state department financial resources that are being expended to provide services the federal government is currently not funding during the shutdown.

“As the federal government shutdown approaches its third week, we continued discussions with department directors and decided to take a proactive approach toward minimizing the impact on our state by instituting a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions,” Tsutsui said. “The deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling is also quickly approaching, and we are acting now to ensure we are best prepared for the potential financial impact.”

The memorandum will allow for specific exemptions in order to accommodate for critical positions at the Hawaii State Hospital, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, and state Department of Health. The state Department of Education (including Charter Schools), Hawaii State Public Library System, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and University of Hawaii are exempt from the freeze but are being asked to take similar precautionary measures. This is expected to be only a short-term and temporary measure.

“The State of Hawaii is being pragmatic about what federal and state services it can financially cover over any prolonged period,” Young said. “While we do not know how long the shutdown will last, we do know that departments are already struggling to cover missing federal funds and they are worried about what could happen to all public services if promised federal funds do not return immediately. Looming matters like the debt limit issue will adversely affect the state and national economy, as well as many public programs. By curtailing state expenditures, we may be slightly better prepared to fund public services longer. All of the state’s revenues, including general and special funds, could be affected.”

State officials have been assessing day-to-day impacts caused by the federal shutdown and have been in contact with Hawaii’s congressional delegation.

The state will continue to closely monitor the situation in the nation’s capital.

 

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown

Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently met with bond purchasers and major credit rating agencies in Los Angeles and New York to confirm Hawaii’s solid fiscal condition.

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While meeting with the credit agencies, it was clear to them that the shutdown of the federal government could have serious detrimental effects on the economies for all states.  The federal shutdown could also compromise much of the accomplishments that Hawaii has achieved in the past few years emerging from the economic recession.

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“The State of Hawaii cannot substitute for the federal government nor assume its obligations. However, with the report from the Sequestration Impact Response Team in hand, resources funded this past legislative session, and the readiness of all departments in the administration to respond to the shutdown, we are confident in our ability to address immediate contingencies.  It is the clear responsibility of Congress to end the shutdown as quickly as possible and to meet continuously until that is accomplished.”

Will Work For Food – Laid Off Government Worker

With the Federal Government now shut down…. I wonder how many Federal workers will be filing for unemployment tomorrow?

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The sad thing about unemployment… is you don’t get paid for the first week you are on it as that is called a “waiting period”.  During this waiting period… folks are required to fill out all sorts of paperwork, attend a class, look for at least three jobs…. etc.

Well crap by the end of the one week waiting period… my guess is we will be back to work.

The dilemma? Do I go down there and spend half a day just waiting in lines and then spend 20 + hours of my time this week doing mandated unemployment stuff just to possibly get called back to work the next week or possibly even the next day?

Well I think I’ll hold off for a while and hopefully I will get back to work soon enough.  The sad thing for me… is both my wife and I are now effectively laid off!

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Federal Government Shutdown Updates From USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and the Pacific Avaiation Museum

Media Release:

In the event of a federal shutdown and closure of the National Parks Service-operated USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will continue to welcome visitors.

Inside the Pacific Aviation Museum

The regular free shuttle buses to the Battleship Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will remain operational, picking up from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center parking area.

No bags are allowed on the shuttle. Visitors may bring camera, wallet, cell phone, and water bottle on the shuttle.

Tickets for each attraction may be purchased at the attractions, upon arrival, online at PacificAviationMuseum.org, USSMissouri.org, or from Expedia and the tour desks in Waikiki.

The Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily. Call 808/441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for more information.