LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Plum season officially opened this weekend at Kauai's Kokee State Park.
The sweet plums are an island favorite for many, and families enjoy making the trek up the mountain to pick the fruit.
But the Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding everyone: In order to pick, you need a permit.
There are no costs associated with the permit, but they are required before going out to gather the fruit.
The DLNR says permits may be obtained at the Kokee Museum from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, or at the State Parks office in Lihue weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
DLNR officials are urging responsible picking after they say there has been a natural decrease in the amount of plums available.
Guidelines have been set for plum picking:
- Harvesting is only allowed in designated areas between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Each person will be allowed to take up to five pounds of plums per day for personal consumption
- Plum pickers are reminded to help prevent forest fires and to pick up their litter
- Additional conditions will be listed on the permit
Additional questions may be directed to the State Parks office in Lihue at 274-3444.