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If you go to
Hanauma Bay,
it’ll cost you

Parking will probably cost $1
an the lower portion of the
bay will run $3

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

Expect to shell out a dollar for parking at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve beginning tomorrow.

And if you're a tourist, entering the lower portion to Hanauma Bay will cost $3 more.

The City Council was expected today to approve the fees for the underwater sea life mecca.

The Hanauma Bay park manager, Alan Hong, said he expected to have construction work done in time for tomorrow.

Councilman Mufi Hannemann said the administration took too long getting the program in place.

Last summer, Council members helped contribute to the delay briefly when they learned that the Parks and Recreation Department failed to submit a major shoreline management area and ordered the agency to do so.

The estimated $2.6 million that is expected to be collected annually at Hanauma Bay is supposed to fund operating and improving the facility.

Initially there were some who voiced objections to the idea of the city charging to go to the beach, but those were assuaged.

"I'm sure there may be complaints about why we're accessing a mandatory charge," Hannemann said.Most complaints subside when visitors find out what the fees are going to be used for, he said, noting other parks across the country also charge fees.

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