I was scanning this afternoon through the online comments and letters-to-editor about parking at Hanauma Bay and Diamond Head State Monument and was stunned by what I saw.

Unhappy visitors feeling shut out at both sites as the limited parking spaces filled up but they had no way to know that until they got there are were turned away.

Unhappy nearby residents who find many dozens of cars parked nearby at Portlock, and the Diamond Head dog park.

The website PedalGoa says: Here is an alternative in case the Hanauma Bay parking lot is closed so you can still have a good day. Park at the nearby district park, then walk over to Hanauma Bay.

Yeah, right, take up all the district park slots! And on Nawiliwili Street, too!

Hawaii News Now pressed the city on this and finally got a response.”City Parks Department spokesman Nathan Serota said bay staff would do a better job of monitoring parking and tour arrivals. Our parking policy is to maintain at least 15 spaces available before reopening the parking lot. That being said, we will look into different ways of monitoring the amount of available stalls.”

Diamond Head? When cars are turned away at the one-way-each-light tunnel entrance because the lot is full, they have to turn around and stack up to re-enter Diamond Head Road and find some place in the neighborhood to park and then hike into the crater.

When I went to the State Parks Division/Pacific Parks joint website and clicked on “Park – Diamond Head” I got a window message of “404 Error. Site Not Found.”

My question: why would you re-open DH and Hanauma to residents and tourists after a long shutdown without first installing a required online parking and hiking reservation system?

Is it really that urgent to get some revenue flowing?

Do we ever do anything right here?


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

3 replies on “There Has To Be A Better Way. But This Is Hawaii!”

  1. No, Hawaii never does things right Thanks for expressing well your desperation for clarity, order in city and state affairs. Life could be so much simpler!

  2. I thought the idea was to limit the number of visitors to both sites so as not to overrun the attraction. The ticket takers are often not very polite; they could give advice or have a pamphlet with other areas those turned away could visit.

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