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HVNP Seeks Public Comment on Entrance Fee Increases

October 15, 2014, 10:32 PM HST
* Updated October 15, 10:33 PM
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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is interested in public input regarding possible entrance fee increases that are proposed to begin in 2015.

The tentative schedule shows an increase in entrance fees that would rise incrementally each year between 2015 and 2017.

Vehicle fees for entering the park would increase by 50 percent in 2015, raising from $10 to $15. In 2016, the fees would increase to $20 per vehicle, and by 2017, the fees would rise to $25 per vehicle. The $25 per vehicle fee would remain through 2021.

In the proposal, Tri-Park Pass costs would remain the same until 2017, when it would increase from $25 to $50. The annual Tri-Park Pass allows unlimited entry for a year, to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Haleakalā National Park, and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.

Entrance fees for recreational use have not increased since 1997.

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Commercial tour companies and per-person entrance fees would also increase with the proposed fee increase. Road-based tour vans carrying between one and six passengers currently pay a $25 base fee and $5 per-person to enter the park. The fee per-person would increase to $8 in 2015, $10 in 2016, and $12 in 2017, through 2021. The base fee, however, will not change.

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“While we are committed to keeping the park affordable for everyone, we are also dedicated to providing the safest and most enjoyable experience for our visitors and community,” said Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Entrance fees are vital to support the numerous services and amenities that make the visitor experience possible.”

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park keeps 80 percent of all entrances fees within the park. This money helps protect Hawai’i’s ecosystem by funding fencing projects that prevent non-native pests like pigs and goats from devouring native plants. The fees also fund many projects throughout the park. Ongoing trail maintenance, cabin repairs, hike pamphlets, restrooms, and picnic tables are all funded with fee money.

Since 2006, fee revenues have funded $24,072,928 in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park projects.

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The public is invited to submit comments online by visiting this website.

Comments can also be submitted in writing, addressed to Superintendent, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawai’i National Park, HI 96718.

Comment cards will also be provided at Kīlauea Visitor Center.

The deadline for comments is Dec. 15 at 7:59 p.m. Hawai’i time.

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