Two of Hawaii’s national parks will increase admission fees to $25
Plan to dig a little deeper into your wallet if you’re going to visit one of Hawaii’s national parks soon.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, the fee will climb from $10 to $12. Passes issued by rangers are good for entry for three days.
Insider tip: For $5 more, you can buy a Tri-Park Pass that’s good for a year. The pass allows unlimited admission to Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes, and the lesser-known Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in Kona on Hawaii Island.
Tri-Park will cost $30 come Thursday, but you can snag one for $25 if you buy one by the end of May.
The increased fees will bring Hawaii’s two national parks in line fee-wise with other parks that provide similar services. Eighty percent of the money collected is used for upkeep and improvements at the individual parks.
The remaining 20% helps fund National Park Service sites that don’t charge admission.
The entrance fee at Puuhonua will remain the same: $5 per vehicle and $3 per pedestrian or bicyclist. A pass is good for seven days.
The historical park is on the site of an ancient place of refuge. People who had committed a crime or offended a chief could seek sanctuary there. The punishment for offenders who couldn’t reach such a site was death. Native Hawaiians still consider it a sacred site.
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