Visitors to Hawaii will now have to pay an additional fee to access the state’s popular parks and attractions, as part of a new initiative aimed at preserving the natural beauty of the islands.
Hawaii has announced the implementation of a new tourist fee for access to state parks and other popular attractions. The initiative, which took effect on April 1, 2023, will require visitors to pay an additional fee in order to enjoy Hawaii’s breathtaking natural landscapes.
The new fee will apply to all visitors, including residents and non-residents alike. It will be used to help fund the upkeep and maintenance of Hawaii’s state parks, which have seen a surge in visitors in recent years. According to state officials, the fee will help to offset the costs of maintaining these natural resources and ensure their preservation for future generations.
The fee is being implemented as part of a broader effort to address the impact of tourism on Hawaii’s environment. The islands have seen a dramatic increase in visitor numbers over the past decade, which has put a strain on the state’s natural resources and infrastructure. Officials hope that the new fee will encourage tourists to be more mindful of their impact on the environment and to take steps to preserve Hawaii’s unique natural beauty.
The new fee will be $5 per person for access to state parks, beaches, and other outdoor attractions. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the fee. The state will also offer a discounted annual pass for frequent visitors, which will cost $25.
Hawaii’s state parks are a major draw for tourists, offering everything from hiking trails to beaches and waterfalls. By implementing this new fee, officials hope to strike a balance between tourism and environmental conservation, ensuring that Hawaii’s natural resources remain intact for generations to come.