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800,000 federal workers around the country are about to miss a paycheck as the partial government shutdown prepares to enter its fourth week. Many are in positions vital to public safety and national security, and have been forced to work without pay. With no end in sight, local workers are nearing the end of their financial resources.

维基百科 via Wikipedia Commons
维基百科 via Wikipedia Commons

It's been six years since an international flight touched down at the Kona Airport on Hawai'i Island. But that's changing today.  In 2010, Japan Airlines ended its service to Kona—but today a local carrier is the first to bring back international business.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

For the last two-decades the Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center has sat on outskirts of the Kona airport.  It’s a tribute to astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who was killed in the Challenger accident after becoming the first Asian American to reach space.

Around 15,000 people visit the center each year to see exhibits which teach the principles of space and physics as well as memorabilia from Onizuka’s life.  But the center plans to close its doors at the end of the month to make way for a seventy-million dollar renovation to the Kona Airport.

State DOT
State DOT

  Hawaii Island's airports rely on firefighters on property to respond immediately, within 3 minutes, to any aircraft fire or crash.   Now, the capability of the fire teams to meet those standards is being upgraded with better facilities.   HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.   

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

A couple of months ago, the power went out at Kona Airport, for more than an hour.  No flights were affected, but the system did not work the way it was supposed to.  And then it happened again, and six outbound flights were delayed.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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Flickr / mickdejong

Any international passengers coming to Hawaii have to clear customs in Honolulu. That was not always the case. Up until last year, visitors from overseas could travel directly to Kona. But now the Kona Customs Facility is closed. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains why.