Take note, those of you who enjoy visiting Haleakala National Park: entrance fees will go up slightly, starting next month.
“Beginning on June 1, 2016, Haleakala National Park daily entrance fees will be raised to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities,” said Polly Angelakis, the park’s Chief of Interpretation & Education, in a May 16 news release. “The 2016 per-person fee will change from $8 to $10. The 2016 motorcycle fee will go from $10 to $15. The 2016 per-vehicle three-day pass will be raised from $15 to $20.”
The Tri-Park Annual Pass will stay at $25, but will rise to $30 in 2017, according to the news release.
Hey, running the national park is expensive, as the following numbers from Angelakis show:
“Some ongoing work includes: native species restoration along the popular Pipiwai Trail in Kipahulu ($48,687); repairing and widening the Kuloa Point trail, which runs parallel to `O`heo Gulch ($225,000); restoring trails throughout the park ($500,000 annually); reconfiguring the Headquarters Visitor Center entranceway ($50,000 in 2016); completing archeological surveys ($499,500 in 2010); controlling invasive species ($299,000, in 2013); and stabilization of silversword populations ($60,000 annually, 2012-13).”
Photo of silversword outplanting courtesy Haleakala National Park