Tourists now need reservations to hike in Hawaii

(CNN) – Anyone from out of state will need a reservation to visit one of Hawaii’s most popular spots.

The new system for Diamond Head State Monument will go into effect May 12, the state Department of Lands and Natural Resources announced Monday. the website allowing reservations 14 days in advance will be activated on Thursday, April 28.

On the island of O’ahu near Waikiki, the volcanic crater with hiking trails is one of the most visited sites in the state.

“The new reservation system will mitigate the environmental impacts of foot traffic, reduce vehicle congestion in the park and surrounding neighborhoods, and enhance the kamaʻāina experience. [locals] and visitors enjoying the monument,” the agency’s press release read.

Those with a Hawaiian driver’s license or official state ID will have free access without reservations, but admission may be subject to parking availability.

Non-residents must pay a $5 entrance fee and a $10 parking fee.

It is the third state park to require reservations, according to the release. The other two are Hā’ena State Park in Kaua’i and Waiʻānapanapa State Park in Maui. Reservations are also required at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on O’ahu.

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