Public comments due today

The Maui News

Today is the deadline for public comments on a proposed 67 percent fee increase from $30 to $50 for annual passes to Hawaii’s three national parks — Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes national parks and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

There is no proposed change for access to Native Hawaiians who want to conduct traditional practices in the parks.

If approved, the higher annual fees would go into effect May 1.

The increase conforms to a nationwide pricing structure for other national parks with similar levels of visitation, park officials said.

Fee revenue would pay for deferred park maintenance, estimated at $21 million.

Public comments on the proposed tri-park annual pass fee increases can be made at visitor centers, online or via postal mail or email form through today. Online comments can be posted at the NPS Planning, Environmental and Public Comment website at Comments can be postal mailed to Haleakala NP, Fee Increase, Attention: Greg Page, P.O. Box 369, Makawao 96768; or emailed to HALE_ with the subject line “Comments re: fee increase.”