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State parks secures parking operator for Nu'uanu and Akaka Falls

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks (DSP), has reached an interim permit agreement with Diamond Parking Services LLC. for parking operations at the Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside and Akaka Falls State Park. Diamond Parking Services will begin operating and collecting entrance and parking fees effective Saturday (April 25, 2015) and the parks will operate as normal. 

Diamond Parking Services was a previous operator at both parks in 2010. Its familiarity with parking at this location allowed it to begin work on short notice. 

The agreement provides for both parking control and fee collection for commercial tour operators and non-residents. Residents at both parks do not pay fees. 

State Parks plans to seek Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) approval of a more formal agreement at its meeting on May 8, 2015 and will seek approval for a new, longer term competitive bidding process.

Under the agreement, Diamond Parking Services will pay the state a percentage of fees collected under similar terms approved by the BLNR for Moana Parking Management, LLC which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last Friday.

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