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The Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Hawaiʻi state agency
responsible for the care of the park, has had their budget slashed to
less than $7 million. Approximately $700,000 of that is budgeted for the
repair and maintenance of 70 parks spread over 27,000 acres in Hawaiʻi,
or just $25.93 per acre. Compared to what the State of Hawaii spends
bringing in visitors through The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority,
which received $61 million in 2002, one can see the plight facing so
many parks. Please note graph (information courtesy of DLNR & HTA).
Life-long mariners like
Paddy Boy Malama
say the years have not been kind to the sea life along Nāpali. State Parks
archaeologist Alan Carpenter says another big problem facing Nāpali is the
impact of illegal, "outlaw" campers who make long stays in
Kalalau Valley and other sections of Nāpali.
These illegal campers, he says, continually come from across the globe
to find that little piece of paradise, in turn destroying and
rearranging archaeological sites and leaving behind untold tons of
abandoned campsites and trash in the farthest
extremes of Nāpali. The Legislature passed a law during the 2002 session
that adds teeth to the fines State Parks can impose for illegal camping.
This allows the State Parks enforcement officers to confiscate illegal
camp sites and remove them. But any removal in such an inhospitable
location is an expensive process that takes away from the desperately
needed projects. Wayne Souza, Head of DLNR, Kauaʻi, says that
helicopter time is costing $650.00 per hour. It takes approx: one hour to
do one sling load out of the valleys. Add the cost of personal and
transporting the garbage from Kōkeʻe to Kekaha and one can see how
expensive illegals can be.
Working together so much has been accomplished yet we have only begun. Please
in our efforts to preserve one of the world's most precious resources.