A Popular Hawaii Monument Now Requires Reservations from Outside Visitors

The Diamond Head State Monument in Hawaii is a popular destination amongst tourists visiting the state. But now, visitors from across the world need to plan ahead to make a trip to this landmark, as the site is starting reservations from next month, as per government rules.

The New System

The world-famous monument is located at Oahu in Hawaii. Starting from May 12, this year, the landmark site is going to set a new reservation rule for out-of-state travelers. International visitors will now be required to make an advance reservation. According to the governor of Hawaii, this new reservation system is going to be implemented to reduce hiker congestion on the way to the summit. It will also help to reduce vehicle traffic. According to this new rule, Hawaiian residents won’t need any reservation to visit the monument, but the entry will solely depend on the parking availability. Travelers from outside the state will be able to make reservations up to 14 days in advance.

The Landmark Site

According to the Hawaii Division of State Park, the Diamond Head State Monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii with nearly 3000 visitors coming in a day. This is the third site in the Hawaii State Park system to require a reservation in advance from visitors from outside the state. The other two sites that already have the reservation system are the Waiʻānapanapa State Park on Maui and the Hā’ena State Park on Kauai.

The Objective

The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, declared in an official statement that this new reservation system is a significant part of the state government’s destination management action plan. The system is aiming to ensure that the residents have easy access to the desirable sites in the state, without the congestion of outsider tourists. Through this system, the total number of visitors in a day can be controlled efficiently.