After the 16-day government shutdown, parks and attractions across the nation have reopened to the public. Hawaii visitors, in particular, have been rejoicing over the good news. Most traveling thousands of miles to get here and, not to mention, spending a good chunk of money. No one wants to get shortchanged on their trip to paradise.
So far, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitor center reopened, as well as the Jagger Museum. Normal hours of operations will most likely resume, continuing to attract more than 4,000 visitors a day.
On Maui, Haleakala National Park opened on a “limited availability” basis, according to a “Star Advertiser” report. My co-worker had been visiting Maui during the shutdown and sadly did not get to take her family to see the sunrise. Visitors love waking up early and making the drive to the top of the crater, where chilly morning air greets most before the sun.
As for Oahu, the Arizona Memorial’s visitor center reopened with the first tour boats leaving to Ford Island as usual. The last boat tour will leave at 3 p.m., and the center will be open until 5 p.m.
Always a good day when there is good news to share! Keep us posted on your travels to the recently-opened parks.