Non-Hawaii residents to pay $3 to park at Pali Lookout starting today
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The state on Friday will begin charging a $3 parking fee for nonresidents at the Pali Lookout, formally known as Nuçuanu Pali State Wayside.
Hawaiçi residents who show a local ID continue to park for free. A parking attendant is on duty at the pay booth to check IDs.
The new parking fee is part of a new program by state Department of Land and Natural Resources to implement or increase selected fees to help support maintenance and repairs at state parks, small boat harbors and forest trails.
The intent of Division of State Parks is to charge only visitors and commercial vehicles a fee at a limited number of state parks on each island, and to allow resident parking to remain free of charge, the department said in a news release.
“At a time when the budget for Hawaii’s state parks has been severely reduced, DLNR has had to find ways to make up for lost funding to keep the parks open,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator. “Under the Recreational Renaissance Plan B, we’re striving to eventually provide better repair and maintenance to care for these special places. User fees allow park users to help support repairs and maintenance at these important recreational areas.”
Nu‘uanu Pali is one of the most-visited state parks, with more than 900,000 visitors per year, according to a 2007 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority survey.