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Denver Snowstorm Leaves Hawaii Travelers Stranded For The Holiday

Amy Newman's flight to Oklahoma was canceled because of the blizzard Amy Newman's flight to Oklahoma was canceled because of the blizzard
Matthew Walenta, another stranded traveler Matthew Walenta, another stranded traveler
Eastman Holloway is missing his ski trip Eastman Holloway is missing his ski trip
Stranded passengers wait at the airport Stranded passengers wait at the airport
Newman tries to book another flight Newman tries to book another flight

by: Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - Passengers trying to get to Hawaii for Christmas vacation are paralyzed by the blizzard. About 15-hundred people are still stuck at the Denver airport. It's still expected to re-open at noon Friday.

Those flying United Airlines through Denver may be stranded through Christmas Eve.

Passengers in line at the United counter in Honolulu were supposed to have been boarding their Denver flight at 11pm.

That flight is cancelled and now they are struggling to get a flight out before Christmas.

Dreams of being home for the holidays are dashed.

Amy Newman explains, "I'm trying to visit my family in Oklahoma. Its a huge thing I haven't seen them in 6 months."

Matthew Walenta is trying to get home, "Denver, Colorado then to see my family in Rapid City, South Dakota It's been two years since I've been back home."

Direct flights to Denver from Maui and Oahu are cancelled.

Flights connecting through Denver will be disrupted for days.

Agents work to find alternative flights. Newman adds, "I don't care if we have to fly to L.A., fly to Dallas, then Oklahoma City, I just want to get home."

For Newman It's more than just the holiday, "I just got married so I have a reception that's supposed to be at home tomorrow too."

Walenta remains hopeful.

"Four hours ago the snow stopped so we are hoping they open the airport sooner than tomorrow noon."

Bob Hoffman and his wife were planning on spending Christmas with their son Reed in Denver. "We are disappointed. We'd like to spend Christmas with our son. At present the soonest we can get out is the 25th. "

The snowstorm wiped out one man's ski trip Eastman Holloway comments, "Even out of L.A. everything is booked so it doesn't look like we'll be making it to Denver tomorrow."

Snowstorms, both a blessing and a curse says Holloway, "Ski conditions were excellent plus with all the powder that would have been a lot of fun."

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