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Government shutdown affecting local school trip

MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"This is a once in a lifetime thing. I mean, I don't think he's ever going to be able to go to DC, our nation's capital, and be actually there again."

Those words from Kanani Craft, encapsulate a mother's frustration over the government shutdown in the nation's capital.

Friday, her 8th grade son will leave for a week-long school field trip to Washington DC. Due to the shutdown, several attractions on the school's itinerary have been shuttered.

Adding to the woes, the trip isn't cheap. Craft estimates that the average cost per student was between $3500-$4000 dollars, with parents responsible for footing the bill.

"Whichever parents wanted to do fundraising, they kinda put something together. Other than that, it was pretty much on your own" she said.

Washington Workshops Foundation, which coordinated the sight-seeing, stepped in to fill the void left by the shuttered site.

"If you didn't see the original [itinerary] I guess the backup plan would be okay. But because we saw where they were planning to go, and now they can't it is a little disappointing" she said.

Still, Craft is staying positive for her disappointed son.

"I'm hoping that he'll gain tremendous experience from this, because it's a lot of planning, timing, and effort".


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