Hapuna parking fees to be discussed Thursday


The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks will host a public information meeting to discuss parking and entry fees at Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the southern pavilion at Hapuna Beach.

Among the topics staff will discuss are current revenue generated at the South Kohala beach park and the associated costs for operation, utilities and lifeguard services and issuing a one-year revocable permit to Republic Parking for the collection of parking and entry fees on commercial vehicles and nonresidents. The permit guarantees a minimum annual income of $200,000 for the state.

Hawaii residents will not be charged, and there will be no change in the park hours, according to the division.

According to the division, the parking contract, in addition to generating new operational funds, provides the benefit of having an on-site presence that could result in a reduction in reported car break-ins. If the contract is deemed feasible, future contracts would be for five-years.

Currently, the state pays about $719,000 annually to operate the state park, according to the division. Hapuna’s food concession and cabins generate about $52,250 in revenue.

Hapuna Beach will be the fourth park location statewide to collect fees for out-of-state vehicles and commercial vehicle parking. Other parks that have instituted fees are Nuuanu Pali Lookout State Wayside on Oahu, Iao Valley State Monument on Maui and Akaka Falls State Park. The associated fees at these three parks now generate approximately $700,000.

Parking and entry rates have already been approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. For nonresidents, the fee is $1 per visitor who walks, or rides a bicycle, mo-ped, or motorcycle to the site or $5 for most other vehicles parking at Hapuna. Commercial vehicles bearing a PUC identification number will be assessed $10 for a one to seven passenger vehicle; $20 for an eight to 25 passenger vehicle; and $40 for a vehicle carrying 26 or more passengers.

Other topics that will also be covered during the meeting include the completion of removal of World War II-era military training ordnance, finished state capital improvement projects and the state’s intent to put the current food concession stand out to public bid, according to the division.

— WHT