We wish to inform you of a proposed nationwide revision to national park entrance fee structure and of the civic engagement steps Haleakalā National Park will take to gather public comments on the proposed changes. Feedback from the public will determine how, or if, a fee increase will be implemented at Haleakalā National Park.
As proposed, Haleakalā National Park daily fees would be raised incrementally each year between 2015 and 2017. The per-person fee would change from the current rate of $5 to $12 in two-dollar increments per year. The motorcycle fee would go from $5 to $20, in $5 annual increases. The per-vehicle pass would be raised in $5 increments from the current price of $10 to $25 in 2017. In an effort to reduce the immediate impact of increased fees to local residents who visit the park frequently, the cost of an annual tri-park pass would remain at the current rate of $25 in 2015 and 2016, and then increase to nationwide standard of $50 in 2017. The annual tri-park pass permits unlimited entry into Haleakalā National Park, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, and Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park for one year. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park is proposing the same fee changes and implementation schedule as Haleakalā National Park.
Since 1997, when the current National Park Service fee collection program started, revenues have funded $36.6 million in Haleakalā National Park projects. Currently-priced entrance fee revenues are estimated to total $14 million between now and 2020. If the proposed fee increases are implemented, the estimated revenue from 2015 through 2020 could double to $28.4 million.
Some past examples of work which was funded with entrance fees include: building new restrooms, providing potable water to visitors, and building a parking lot in the park’s Kīpahulu District ($2.75 million, in 2000); restoring trails throughout the park ($500,000 annually); and completing archeological surveys ($499,500 in 2010). Entrance fees also supported the control of invasive species ($299,000 in entrance fees, in 2013); stabilization of silversword populations ($60,000 annually, 2012-13); and restoration of native landscapes ($113,000 in 2013). Increased fee revenues will provide more funds for these and other types of projects.
The public will have numerous opportunities to comment on the proposed changes. Park staff will meet with a kupuna group on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, to introduce the proposal. The park will also host two public meetings, one on November 5, 2014, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Hannibal Tavares Center in Pukalani and another on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Helene Social Hall in Hana. The public can also submit comment cards at any park visitor center during business hours, bring written comments to any park visitor center, mail comments to the park superintendent, or submit comments to the online Planning, Environment, and Public Comment System (PEPC) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/halefeescomments. The comment period will close on December 15, 2014.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me at (808) 572-4401 or via email at Natalie_Gates@nps.gov. You may also contact Jesse Felts, Project Lead, at Jesse_Felts@nps.gov, (808) 268-0285; or Public Information Officer Polly Angelakis at Polly_Angelakis@nps.gov or (808) 572-4450.
Natalie B. Gates
Superintendent, Haleakalā National Park