'The idea is not dead': Visitor fee to protect Hawaii's delicate ecosystems rejected by lawmakers

Hawaii hoped to introduce a conservation fee as tourists harass wildlife, bring invasive species and damage coral.

Hawaii lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would have made tourists help pay for the protection of its delicate ecosystems.

The US island state had hoped to introduce an annual fee for tourists to visit its state parks and trails.

Although the idea has widespread public and political support, lawmakers did not resolve their differences over the measure’s details in time for the deadline.

The measure would have required tourists to pay for a yearlong pass to visit state parks and trails. Revenue would have paid for the maintenance and protection of parks,

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