If they are panicking over the federal government’s shutdown, Hawaii’s leaders here at home aren’t showing it.

While the state’s congressional delegation is decrying the inability of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to agree on a budget deal, Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expressing confidence that Hawaii will weather any looming fiscal storms.

The governor, who recently met with bond purchasers and credit rating agencies in Los Angeles and New York, said in a press release Tuesday that Hawaii is in “solid fiscal condition.”

Funding from the 2013 session of the Hawaii Legislature, help from the administration’s Sequestration Impact Response Team and “the readiness of all departments in the administration to respond to the shutdown” make Abercrombie “confident” in the state’s ability to address shutdown contingencies.

That’s good news, since Congress does not appear to be any closer to ending the budget standoff that led to the shutdown early Tuesday morning EST. The House voted down three “piecemeal” funding resolutions that night.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said that the measures, rather than being a solution to the impasse, are evidence that House Republicans are “attempting to save face after seeing the consequences of their reckless actions.”

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz described the GOP proposals as a “stunt” and “political game-playing.”

“The government shutdown is causing real economic pain for middle class families in Hawaii, and there’s a simple way to fix this,” Schatz said in a statement. “All that Speaker Boehner would need to do is to allow the House of Representatives to vote to reopen the government without including irrelevant and harmful amendments to defund Obamacare.”

Despite his confidence, Hawaii’s governor acknowledged that the shutdown could have “serious detrimental effects” on state economies, including Hawaii’s, which is still recovering from recession. Abercrombie, who served in Congress for two decades, believe it’s the “clear responsibility” of Congress to end the shutdown as quickly as possible and “to meet continuously until that is accomplished.”

Abercrombie is vacationing in France, and there are no indications that he plans to return to the islands earlier than Oct. 11.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, who is acting governor in Abercrombie’s absence, also said that the state’s relative fiscal health means Hawaii will be able to handle the shutdown.

“Governor Abercrombie’s Administration, including his financial team, has put forth tremendous effort over the last three years to improve the State of Hawaii’s financial condition by making tough choices that have put us on the path towards a healthy economy,” Tsutsui said in a written statement released 30 minutes after the government shut down on October 1. “We will continue to examine the potential impact of the shutdown on our State.”

Reached Tuesday morning, a spokeswoman for the LG said the office had no further comment but would keep the media posted.

Worries About Tourism

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell‘s spokesman, Jesse Broder Van Dyke, said the city doesn’t see any immediate effects on city services as a result of the shutdown. But that could change, too, he said, if the situation lasts for several months.

Another concern: Section 8 housing vouchers could be affected if the government stoppage endures for months.

“Everything is fine now, but if the shutdown drags on, this funding that people depend on for housing could potentially dry up,” Broder Van Dyke said in a text message.

But the primary concern the city has at this point, he noted, is for the tourists who want to visit attractions such as Pearl Harbor but cannot because workers have been told to stay home.

The state’s official visitor bureau, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, is also concerned about the closure of the state’s national parks, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the USS Arizona Memorial. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center on Maui and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai have also closed.

But, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and Battleship Missouri Memorial on Oahu remain open.

“Hawaii is open for business,” the HTA said in a statement Tuesday. “All of the state and county parks, beaches and trails remain open and none of the state’s airports have been affected.”

The Federal Aviation Administration towers, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection are continuing to operate at Hawaii’s airports as essential personnel.

Other agencies, however, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are being operated by skeleton crews. That could hamper investigations into the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor.

The shutdown is the talk of the islands, but most people seem to be taking things in stride.

“Trickle-down effects of the shutdown? Plenty of people talking about it, but that’s about it so far,” said Brian Takeshita, the chief clerk at the Hawaii House of Representatives.

One area of federal government operations that local leaders are expressing concern over is the Hawaii Health Connector, which experienced glitches in enrolling consumers to choose a health plan. The exchange is mandated by the Affordable Care Act; it launched the very same day the government shut down.

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