CALIFORNIA (AP) — Hawaii on Friday temporarily blocked travel to and from California, a step that could have a broader impact on the nation’s tourism industry.
David Ige ordered the suspension of Hawaiian airlines and hotels from flying into the state for one week beginning Sunday.
He did not specify the airlines or hotels.
Ige did not rule out suspending flights to the U.S. from Hawaii during the suspension, but the governors office says it is too early to speculate on what other flights could be suspended.
“We have a long way to go,” said Gov.
Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who earlier in the week announced a $4 billion plan to invest in Hawaii’s tourism economy.
“I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but it will certainly be a significant impact.”
Ige’s action follows a directive from California Gov.
Gavin Newsom that called for state and local governments to impose a 90-day ban on travel from California to Hawaii, citing threats to national security and public safety.
The travel ban follows an order from President Donald Trump, who called on Congress to pass a temporary ban on all travel to the United States from Muslim-majority countries.
Hawaii is home to the world’s largest concentration of Muslims, with nearly 70 percent of the population born abroad.
It has been a haven for religious minorities from Myanmar to Eritrea, and is the country with the largest Muslim community in the U!s.
Trump signed a revised executive order last month that barred people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United State.
A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the order last week.
But it could be challenged by other states that have sued to block the ban, and some states have said they will not enforce the order.
In the past, Ige has been an outspoken critic of the travel ban and his administration has been sued by states over its implementation.