Nonresident fee hike floated for Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed change at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Oahu would increase entry and parking fees for visitors who are not Hawaii residents.

The proposal under consideration by the Honolulu City Council would continue free admission and parking for state residents, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

The preserve at the bay on Oahu’s southeastern tip is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the state, the city’s website said.

Under the proposal, nonresidents 13 years and older would pay $10 for entry to the preserve, which is a 33 percent increase from the current admission price of $7.50.

Parking for vehicles driven by nonresidents would be $3 per vehicle, up 200 percent from the current $1.

The original version of the bill would have added a parking fee for residents, but the language was removed in an updated draft submitted by Councilman Tommy Waters.

“In my mind, the $3 parking fee (for nonresidents) is very reasonable and modest for such a wonderful attraction,” Waters said.