Pilot parking fee program starts Dec. 1 at Kahaluu Beach Park

  • The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing a one-year pilot to implement a nonresident parking fee at Kahaluu Beach Park effective Dec. 1. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing a one-year pilot to implement a nonresident parking fee at Kahaluu Beach Park effective Dec. 1.

This pilot project, managed in conjunction with the nonprofit The Kohala Center, will seek to address several of the top priorities as articulated in the HTA Hawaii Island Destination Management Action Plan and Hawaii Island’s 2020-25 Tourism Strategic Plan by supporting the maintenance, enhancement, and protection of Kahaluu Bay’s natural resources, ‘aina-based education, and community-driven stewardship.

When the parking system is activated on Dec. 1 all out-of-state visitors will pay a parking fee in 4-hour intervals from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Hawaii residents and disabled individuals will register with the attendant on duty for a free parking pass.

All net income from the project will be used solely for the benefit of the public to support ongoing protection, stewardship, and restoration of the natural and cultural resources held at Kahaluu Beach Park.

For more information, call the Parks &Recreation Administration office at (808) 961-8311.

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