Non-Profits Contribute Funds, Staff to Keep Pearl Harbor Open During Shutdown
The Interior Department is one of 9 cabinet departments affected by the partial government shutdown. As a result, national parks around the country are clsoed or operating with reduced services. But that is not the case at the Pearl Harbor memorial, where a coalition of donors are providing funds and manpower to keep the park open.
Pacific Historic Parks, the USS Bowfin, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and the Battleship Missouri Memorial joined forces to keep guest services running at Pearl Harbor. Their contributuons are considered a donation to the National Park Service and will not be refunded.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority provided a $126,000 grant toward the effort. Several private tour operators have also pledged funds. According to Pacific Historic Parks President and CEO Aileen Utterdyke, the coalition has already spent more than $200,000 to supplement the park rangers deemed essential by NPS. Utterdyke estimates that the effort is costing between $10,ooo and $11,000 per day.
The four non-profits have committed to funding operations through Friday, January 11th. No decision has yet been made on whether additional funds will be made availalbe after that date.
Pacific Historic Parks is accepting private donations to help keep Pearl harbor open. Donations can be made via their website.