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].