About 4.9 million visitors to Hawaii’s national parks spent more than $312 million last year, according to a new report from the National Park Service.

“This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and a big factor in our state’s economy as well,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz in a press release.

Hawaii is home to seven national parks including Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

Haleakala National Park Maui

Sunset at Haleakala National Park on Maui, 10,000 feet above sea level.

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The report by economists from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service found that 273.6 million visitors to America’s 401 national parks cumulatively spent $14.6 billion in neighborhoods surrounding the parks, mainly for lodging and food and beverages.

That visitor spending supported 237,000 jobs, particularly in restaurants and bars, and ultimately generated $26.5 billion for the national economy.

The amount of money spent was slightly lower than 2012, mostly due to last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

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