HONOLULU -- It's legal for Honolulu to charge visitors $3 to enter
the park at Hanauma Bay while allowing state residents to get in
free, the U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii ruled.
The park is a haven for snorkelers and has an educational
The dispute arose last year when a California woman sued the
city, claiming the fee discriminated against people based on their
In his ruling, federal Judge Alan Kay noted that residents pay
state taxes, which largely underwrite the cost of operating the
park. The city has been charging the fee since 1995.