Mayor Caldwell announces fees for camping permits at city parks

Mayor Caldwell announces fees for camping permits at city parks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Saturday that the city will begin charging a nominal fee to reserve camping permits for city parks around the island in order to raise revenues and make permits available to more residents.

Beginning March 1st, permits will cost $10 a night for a minimum of three or five nights depending on the location, plus a two dollar reservation fee.  Each permit allows up to 10 people to camp.

"I want more Oahu families will have an opportunity to camp at our beautiful city parks," Mayor Caldwell said in a statement.  "Under the old reservation system, for a three day weekend like this, all of the permits for the entire island would be snapped up in less than an hour of becoming available online.  This way, more families will have a chance.  At 50 percent occupancy, this fee would bring in more than $180,000 a year.  We hope to use these revenues to hire more enforcement officers and improve facilities and park maintenance."

Here's a list of the camping rates for parks across the island:

Three day camping ($32 dollars total for three nights)

Bellows Field Beach Park

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

Kalaeloa Beach Park

Kualoa A Regional Park

Maili Beach Park

Swanzy Beach Park

Five day camping ($52 dollars total for three nights)

Hau'ula Beach Park

Kaiaka Bay (Waialua River)

Kokololio Beach Park

Kualoa B Regional Park

Lualualei Beach Park

Nanakuli Beach Park

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

Waimanalo Beach Park

For further information: https://camping.honolulu.gov/faqs

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