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Anti-TMT protests affecting Big Island tourism industry

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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM / JULY 23

Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau, said Mauna Kea became a popular attraction during the closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

“The Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to all nonessential personnel since summit access was closed. Hakalau is one of our best intact native habitats where we have most of our native endemic birds in the Hawaiian Islands.”

Rob Pacheco

Co-founder, Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds. At left, researchers scan for native birds at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.