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