10/02/2013 08:17 pm ET

Government Shutdown Felt Across Big Island Tourism Industry


Washington, D.C.’s political discord hit Hawaii Island right in the pocketbook Tuesday, with some of the island’s biggest tourist attractions shutting down after Congress failed on Monday to reach an agreement on federal funding.

Park rangers stood in front of the entrance at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Tuesday to turn away visitors, said park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane, one of 13 employees who were on the grounds to get the word out about the closure and to shut down the offices.

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