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National park visitors increase in Hawaii by 6 percent

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HONOLULU (AP) - Some 5.2 million people visited Hawaii's seven national parks last year, bringing huge economic benefits to the islands.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a National Park Services report says the 6 percent increase in visitors generated about $417.3 million in economic impact. The increase also helped create 4,202 jobs, nearly 15 percent more than what 2013 generated.

The national parks in Hawaii include Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

With four of those parks on Hawaii island, the economic impact was particularly strong there. Park visitors spent more than $175 million near these parks.

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