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Zoo parking still free, but vendor collects fees at Diamond Head

    A sign at the parking collection box at the Honolulu Zoo lot says parking is free.

There will no longer be free parking in Diamond Head crater after the state Department of Land and Natural Resources found a company to collect the fees.

Pro Park, Inc. is collecting parking fees at the Diamond Head State Monument starting Wednesday. Pro Park had previously managed the parking lot at Diamond Head until unmanned parking fee stations were installed.

Parking had been free since Friday in the crater, and remains free at the zoo in Waikiki and other state parks, when the company that operated the solar-powered parking pay stations went bankrupt.

The state hopes to reach similar agreements to collect parking fees at the Nuuanu Pali and Akaka Falls State Park soon.

It’s not clear yet when the city will be able to find a vendor for the Honolulu Zoo parking lot, which had been using the pay stations since 2010.

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