Political economy of protecting unique recreational resources: Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Political economy of protecting unique recreational resources: Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Primary Country: United States
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
Recreational value and Impact of Hanauma Bay Nature Park, Hawaii
  1. $384,000/ year: food concession revenues
  2. $516,000 / year: Snorkel equipment concession revenues
  3. $72,000 / year: shuttle bus concession revenues
  4. $4.19 / person / day : Non-resident WTP per person per day for beach access
  5. $2.27 / person / day: resident WTP per person per day for beach access
Methodology: contingent valuation
Region: Americas / Hawaii
Data source: NOAA's Coral Reef Valuation Database

Publication information

Mak, J. Moncur, J.E.T. “Political economy of protecting unique recreational resources: Hanauma Bay, Hawaii” Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1997

Addtional Notes

White Paper

Mak, James and Moncur, James, E.T.

1996

Political Economy of Protecting Unique Recreational Resources: Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2424 Maile Way Room 542, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822Marine protected areas, willingness to pay, management options, political acceptability

This paper is a review of the political and economic factors influencing management of the popular Hanauma Bay Nature Park, Hawaii. The paper highlights the difficulty of establishing entrance fees that maximize revenue generation while at the same time maintaining local support for management actions. A $5 per day admission fee was established only for non-residents (mostly tourists from the mainland US or international), then subsequently rescinded and reduced to $3 after pressure from the tourism industry. Concession Revenue: Food concession $384,000/ year

Snorkel equipment concession: $516,000 / year

Shuttle bus concession: $72,000 / year. Welfare Estiamte: Non-resident WTP, per person per day for beach access: $4.19. Resident WTP, per person per day for beach access: $2.27

This popular recreational area is heavily used by local and non-resident tourists. As such, this paper is a review of the decisions made by the local management authorities to control visitation levels, which among other things, included the establishment of an entrance fee.

Hanauma Bay Nature Park, Hawaii

Coral reefs, beach access

Beach and coral reef access

Mak and Moncur, 1995

1994

Concession Revenue: Food concession $384,000/ year

Snorkel equipment concession: $516,000 / year

Shuttle bus concession: $72,000 / year

Non-resident WTP, per person per day for beach access: $4.19. Resident WTP, per person per day for beach access: $$2.27

Intercept in-person surveys

Contingent valuation

301Toben E. Galvin

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