A new online system for Hawaii residents to obtain camping permits is expected to be readily available in early 2012. This will make the process of obtaining a camping permit for Hawaii residents much easier.
The city Parks and Recreation and Information Technology departments are finalizing contract language with a vendor who would have the system up and running early in 2012, said Louise Kim McCoy, city spokeswoman.
“It is something that we are pursuing, and we’re in the process of making it happen,” McCoy said.
Fees currently range from $5 per day for campsites holding up to five people to $312.50 per day for sites that can accommodate up to 250 people. Fees for the online system will remain the same, except for an additional $2 administrative fee that will be added. If you think about it though, the new system will still cost you much less, as you would spend more than that in gas just to drive to Kapolei or Wahiawa to get a permit.
Fees will be deposited into a camping revenue account and used for park maintenance and improvements, with the extra $2 going toward costs for the online processing system, according to the Council’s committee report.
Currently, camping permits must be obtained in person at the Parks Permits Section on the ground floor of the Fasi Municipal Building or at satellite city halls in Kapolei and Wahiawa.
It is about time they caught up with technology. This system should have been in place years ago. Look for the new online camping permit system in early 2012.