Tri Park An­nual Pass fee to in­crease

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The Tri Park An­nual Pass, which al­lows un­lim­ited en­try for one year to three na­tional parks in Hawaii, in­clud­ing Maui’s Haleakala Na­tional Park, will in­crease from $30 to $50 be­gin­ning June 1.

The pass also al­lows un­lim­ited en­try to Hawai‘i Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park and Pu‘uhonua o Honau­nau Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park, both on Hawaii is­land.

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice said on Fri­day that the in­crease this year and other in­creases to fol­low in com­ing years will help pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture and main­te­nance needs to en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence. The Tri Park pass in­crease aligns with other na­tional parks that have sim­i­lar visi­ta­tion, a news re­lease said.

Ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2020, Haleakala Na­tional Park en­trance fees will be raised by $5 to the fol­low­ing: $30 per ve­hi­cle, $25 per mo­tor­cy­cle and $15 per pedes­trian or bi­cy­clist.

The fees will al­low en­try for three days, with re­ceipt. The Tri Park An­nual Pass will cost $55.

The na­tion­wide Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful An­nual Pass and the Life­time Se­nior Pass will each re­main at $80.

There is no charge to the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s cur­rent pol­icy re­gard­ing kanaka maoli who wish to con­duct tra­di­tional cul­tural prac­tices at the park.

The cur­rent Na­tional Park Ser­vice fee pro­gram be­gan in 1997 and al­lows parks to re­tain 80 per­cent of monies col­lected. The re­main­ing 20 per­cent sup­ports park units where fees are not charged.

Since 1997, fee rev­enues have funded more than $42 mil­lion in Haleakala Na­tional Park projects, in­clud­ing restor­ing park trails, con­trol­ling in­va­sive species and mak­ing im­prove­ments such as build­ing new re­strooms, hav­ing por­ta­ble wa­ter for vis­i­tors and a park­ing lot in the park’s Ki­pahulu District, a news re­lease said.

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