Parking Regulations in Hawaii

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Parking ordinances
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Parking in Hawaii

So, you are going to ship your car to Hawaii or you already have. Unfortunately, you might not be used to the parking rules. If you are not careful, you’ll end up getting parking tickets which can end up being pretty costly.

You can use this guide to help avoid any confusion or fines when you are parking in Hawaii.

Residential Restricted Parking Zones

In Hawaii, parking is usually pretty congested. So, what many local town-governments are doing is instilling Residential Restricted Parking Zones.

This means in certain areas on residential streets, parking is allowed by permit only. So, if you don’t have a permit, you can’t park there. If you aren’t a resident of that specific area, then you can not get a permit. This can be frustrating, but it is for good reason though. Many locals are finding it increasingly difficult to find parking anywhere near their homes. So, this had to be done.

If you are moving to Hawaii, you might qualify for one of these permits depending on where you live. You can find out more here.

Parking ordinances

Places you can’t park

  • You can not park within thirty feet of a stop sign.
  • You can not park within ten feet of a fire hydrant.
  • You can not park in front of a driveway. You must also be at least four feet away from the end of the “flare”. The flare is the end of the driveway.
  • You can not park within twenty feet of a crosswalk.

Places you can park

  • You can park at meters after you pay the meter. Make sure the meter is not broken. If the meter is broken, you may not park there. Broken meters are considered “No Parking” signs.
  • You can park anywhere street signs permit parking. Be sure only to park there for the allotted amount of time on the signs. Parking enforcement goes on twenty-four hours a day in Hawaii.
  • There are also parking facilities with attendants. You can read more about those below.


Parking rates

Parking rates will differ depending on where you park and when. There could be other variables involved such as the business that you are visiting validating the parking.

Metered parking facilities

The metered parking facilities in Hawaii generally allow you to park in a particular spot for between one and five hours. The most common time limit you will see is two hours.

The meters usually cost either seventy-five cents or a dollar and fifty cents per hour depending on where and when you are parking.

Attendant parking facilities

The attendant parking facilities are obviously better for long term parking situations. These facilities will charge anywhere between ninety and a hundred and fifty dollars per month for parking.

Those prices are pretty reasonable when you consider that it’s only four or five dollars a day for unlimited parking there, whereas parking on the street could easily end up running you over twenty dollars in a just one day.

There is also short-term parking available in these facilities. However, the rates for short term parking in one of these are similar to metered parking on the street.


Parking in Hawaii can be quite difficult and frustrating at times. The streets are crowded, and the parking is scarce. However, if you plan ahead and know what to avoid, you should be just fine.

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