A few weeks ago, a group of travelers in Hawaii began making their way from the United States to Maui.
They were heading to the remote Pacific island nation, where the islands home to the only remaining time-displaced population in the world.
But after arriving in Honolulu, the group of tourists were stopped at the airport and turned away at the arrival gate.
That meant the group could no longer board their flights to Maullas sister cities of Waimea and Kailua, Maui and Honolulu, or any of the other Hawaiian destinations the group planned to visit.
The travelers were forced to take the long way home.
“This is really scary,” said Kristi Kaino, a 27-year-old student at University of Hawaii.
She and her friends were traveling to Honolulu to attend a Hawaiian festival.
“I just felt like a piece of shit, and it was a real weird feeling to have this person not be able to be with me.”
“It’s just an insult to our culture and to our country, because it’s not a country,” said another tourist, 23-year old Kayla Rau, who planned to attend the Kailau Polynesian Festival.
“We were told that we couldn’t go to Hawaii.”
While the travel restrictions on Maui are the harshest in the country, many other states are also facing a similar fate.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at halting travel from certain countries.
While the order does not specifically mention time travel, it does call for the suspension of visas for visitors from Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela.
But the travel bans on Hawaii and other states do not apply to tourists.
“It feels like it’s being used to target and target people who aren’t even on the list,” said Rau.
“People like us don’t deserve to be discriminated against.”
“We’ve always been a pretty open state, and we have a lot of immigrants here, but this is really really different.”
Hawaii’s new travel restrictions are only one of several challenges faced by travelers.
Hawaii, a state that’s home to more than 6 million people, has seen a spike in violent crimes, the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to a study by the University of New Hampshire.
The state has also seen a surge in the number of people being diagnosed with tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, and a spike among children in the past year.
“What it feels like to be a part of this country is really under threat,” said Kainop.
“In Hawaii, you feel like you’re under attack from people who are really hostile.
I think it’s really frightening.”
This story has been updated to include the names of the tourists who were stopped by Hawaii authorities and the dates of their flights.