Hawaii & Alaska
Campers take a few steps from the campground to the beach at Malaekahana Beach Park.

HI - Here's Why Hawaii State Parks Expect To Triple Their Revenue

Despite a year of fluctuating restrictions in parks across the islands, a change in fees gives the parks division an unanticipated increase in cash.

Tents of varying shapes and sizes were scattered across the Malaekahana Campground on a recent Sunday morning. One served as a pantry with canned goods, grains and bread, while others housed large tables with rice cookers, crockpots and toasters.

Some mini, two-person tents sat tucked away with easy access to Malaekahana beach.

Recreational camping is back to normal capacity after months of closures and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but local residents have overtaken tourists in reserving spots on most state beaches.

At her home in Mililani, minutes before midnight, Shanel Nishimura stays up with her family and hops on FaceTime with her camping friends. They all open multiple devices to the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ online reservation hub and have their autosaved credit card information ready to go.

“It’s like this lottery,” she said. “Every time it’s like a mad rush getting the sites.”

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