Report: HVNP visitors contributed $117 million to local economy

According to a new National Park Service report, 1.3 million people visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2021 and spent an estimated $117 million locally.

That local spending supported 1,220 jobs and had a total benefit to the Big Island of $154 million, the report noted.

“Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a World Heritage Site cherished by visitors and our community who come to discover the active volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, and the incredible natural and cultural resources that extend from sea level to summit,” Superintendent Rhonda Loh said in a news release. “Visitor spending benefits the island economy, and visitors who recreate responsibly, plan ahead and respect this sacred Hawaiian landscape also benefit the national park.”

The 2021 National Park Visitor Spending Effects report is an annual peer-reviewed economics report prepared by economists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service.

It includes information by parks and by states on visitor spending, the number of jobs supported by visitor spending and other statistics.

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