Fate of Honomu economy teid to Akaka Falls
Part 2 in a 5 part series
by David Corrigan & Peter Serafin
HONOMU, Hawaii: As downtown Honomu considers strategies for revitalization, one asset to consider is the popular attraction 3 miles up the road at the end of Highway 220… Akaka Falls State Park.
Once inside, trails guide visitors through 65 acres of lush rainforest en route to 2 scenic waterfalls… the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and 442-foot namesake of the park, Akaka Falls.
The state certainly recognizes the value of Akaka Falls… in early 2011, the Department of Land and Natural Resources enacted a fee to go see the scenic waterfall. $5 per car, or $1 per pedestrian.
Local residents don’t have to pay… but the state hopes to generate an estimated $15,000 from out of state visitors.
Officials explained the changes to a room full of stakeholders last December.
Officials hope the revenue raised from this and other select state parks will help the park system become more self-sufficient.
Which means – theoretically – that revenue generating parks like Akaka Falls will continue to be maintained to ensure a positive visiting experience. Therefore, business owners hope they will continue to enjoy the economic benefits that flow down the mountain into downtown Honomu.
Next, the status of another potential attraction… this time, makai of Honomu town.
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MORE INFO: Hawaii County: Hamakua CDP