As has been long planned, a new Pearl Harbor National Memorial visitor fee will be implemented starting April 15. The fee is to generate funds to support the park’s maintenance and provide further exhibits, new technology for visitors, and park security.
The fee charged for parking goes from free to $7 per day starting April 15. There is no charge for admission, and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial program have always been and will remain free of charge.
When announcing the new fee, the National Park Service said, “Generated revenue would support the park’s recurring maintenance needs and upkeep… This fee would also fund the operation of the parking lots and enhance visitor services such as security, exhibits, and the leveraging of technology to better reach a more modern audience… National Park Service sites collecting fees can retain 80% of collected revenue to support projects that improve the visitor experience. The remainder is used for other projects throughout the National Park Service.”
The fees are also determined in relation to other parks and memorials. For example, Mt. Rushmore charges a parking fee of $10 per vehicle, and the range of NPS parking fees is from $4 to $35 per vehicle. That puts Pearl Harbor among the NPS system’s lowest parking fees.
When you arrive at Pearl Harbor National Memorial, there will be two ways to pay. One will be through a mobile device app, and the other will use a parking lot-based kiosk system.
Parking fees apply to both out-of-state visitors as well as Hawaii residents.
Why visit Pearl Harbor?
To this day, the USS Arizona remains the single most in-demand destination for Hawaii visitors each year. It sees about two million visitors every year. The 1,177 soldiers who died during the Japanese attack, which took place on December 7, 1941, are not forgotten. That event resulted in the US entering World War II.
That attack began at 7:48 AM as 353 Japanese aircraft launched from six carriers struck Hawaii in two waves. The USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor is one of two ships that remained sunk. The others have all been raised; some returned to service in WWII.
When the Arizona was struck with a 1-ton bomb, it exploded and sank with 1,000 sailors who were onboard. Oil continues to be exuded from the remains to this day and is eerily visible below the Pacific waters.
In 1962, the memorial was dedicated and later came under the management of the National Park Service.