Moana Parking Management, LLC filed for Chapter 7 mid-April and their liquidation plans affected city parking in Hawaii, especially at the Honolulu Zoo. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks Division has worked out an agreement with Pro Park, Inc. to operate its parking lot at the Diamond Head State Monument. This agreement is short term, and a more formal agreement will be determined on May 8th and bids will be taken then to find a new, long-term company. Other parks were affected as well.
State Parks Severely Affected
Many state parks have been affected by the bankruptcy of Moana Parking Management, including Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island and Nuuanu Pali State Wayside on Oahu. Each park affected is hoping to have a similar agreement to that of Diamond Head’s on a short term basis to ensure that it does not affect their tourists.
The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Enterprise Services took proposals to find a quick solution that could begin operating as soon as possible to keep everything open.
The Dependence Upon Tourism
Hawaii’s most important industry is tourism and due to this, it is important that they are taken care of in the best way possible. From parking lots to public transportation and more, making decisions as quickly as possible is important to be sure that there are no hold-ups in parking or getting them to the tourist destinations. That is why the departments that are responsible for parking lot management is moving so quickly to make the necessary decisions that need to be made to keep the tourists happy.
While Moana Parking Management may be out, other parking companies can step in to ensure that the parking lots will remain open and available for the tourists. Whether at Diamond Head, at Akaka Falls, or at Nuuanu Pali State Wayside, each is open to show off the best that Hawaii has to offer.