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Some visitors turned away from Diamond Head on first day of new reservation system

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                                Thursday was the first day visitors who aren’t Hawaii residents were required to have booked online reservations in order to gain access to the Diamond Head State Monument. Despite a campaign for awareness with the new rules, many nonresidents were still unaware about the requirement and were turned away. Above, a new sign is displayed at the park entrance.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Thursday was the first day visitors who aren’t Hawaii residents were required to have booked online reservations in order to gain access to the Diamond Head State Monument. Despite a campaign for awareness with the new rules, many nonresidents were still unaware about the requirement and were turned away. Above, a new sign is displayed at the park entrance.

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                                Above, hikers are seen at the summit crest park.

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    Above, hikers are seen at the summit crest park.

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                                Pro Park sentry Herb Paul checked reservation QR codes and kamaaina IDs on Thursday at the entrance to the Diamond Head State Monument.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Pro Park sentry Herb Paul checked reservation QR codes and kamaaina IDs on Thursday at the entrance to the Diamond Head State Monument.

State officials said overall that the new reservation system for Diamond Head State Monument went relatively smoothly Thursday — the launch’s first day — but could have gone better. Read more

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