Over 10 million visited Hawaii state parks last year

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A survey by the Hawaii Tourism Authority showed that 10.1 million people visited Hawaii state parks in 2007, and two-thirds of them were from out of state.

The 2007 Hawaii State Parks Survey, prepared by OmniTrak Group, was conducted July through October in 55 parks and at multiple points in large parks. An earlier survey of its type was conducted in 2003.

Among the 6.7 million out-of-state visitors to Hawaii state parks, almost 90% were from North America, virtually identical to the 2003 percentage.

Nuuanu Pali State Wayside on Oahu ranked as the most highly frequented park with more than 900,000 visitors, but in terms of out-of-state visitors, Wailua River State Park on Kauai had the highest attendance at 808,000 (the park had a total of 888,000 visitors).

Among out-of-state visitors, Nuuanu Pali State Wayside had the second-highest attendance with nearly 700,000 visitors. Haena State Park on Kauai followed, with more than 600,000. Diamond Head State Monument on Oahu ranked fourth with more than 500,000 visitors.

Na Pali Coast on Kauai ranked fifth, Waimea Canyon on Kauai sixth, Hapuna Beach on the Big Island seventh, Iao Valley State Monument on Maui eighth, Makena State Park on Maui ninth and Kokee State Park on Kauai 10th.

The survey showed that for information on Hawaiis state parks, 41% of last years out-of-state visitors relied on books, magazines and brochures. Twelve percent looked to the hotel concierge or activities desk for advice. The Internet was the source of information for 10%, tour companies 9%, travel agents 4% and television 4%.

To contact reporter Margaret Myre, send e-mail to [email protected].

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