Event Title

Social and facility carrying capasities of coastal recreation areas on Oahu, Hawaii

Description

As popularity of Hawaii's beaches and coral reefs increases, there is a need to measure and monitor recreation carrying capacities and use thresholds to ensure that resources and experiences are not degraded. Objectives of this study were to estimate social and facility carrying capacities at various sites on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Data were obtained from surveys completed by recreationists at each site in 2007 (n = 2,821, response rate = 87%). Results showed that reported encounters with other users, perceived crowding, and maximum tolerances for encountering other recreationists differed among sites. Despite high encounter rates at some sites, less than 55% of respondents at each site felt crowded. Between 63% and 75% of visitors at each site encountered fewer people than their maximum tolerance limit, suggesting that indicators of social carrying capacity were not being exceeded at any of the sites. Satisfaction with some facilities at each site was relatively low partially because most respondents reported encountering fewer facilities than what actually exists. At some sites, there were not enough facilities to accommodate current use and recreationists' demands suggesting that some indicators of facility carrying capacity were being exceeded. Research and management implications will be discussed.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Recreation areas--Public use--Hawaii--Oahu; Recreation areas--Management--Hawaii--Oahu; Marine parks and reserves--Public use--Hawaii--Oahu; Marine parks and reserves--Management--Hawaii--Oahu; Coral reef management--Hawaii--Oahu;

Geographic Coverage

Oahu (Hawaii)

Genre/Form

Abstracts

Session

Resource Management: International

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Language

English

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Social and facility carrying capasities of coastal recreation areas on Oahu, Hawaii

As popularity of Hawaii's beaches and coral reefs increases, there is a need to measure and monitor recreation carrying capacities and use thresholds to ensure that resources and experiences are not degraded. Objectives of this study were to estimate social and facility carrying capacities at various sites on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Data were obtained from surveys completed by recreationists at each site in 2007 (n = 2,821, response rate = 87%). Results showed that reported encounters with other users, perceived crowding, and maximum tolerances for encountering other recreationists differed among sites. Despite high encounter rates at some sites, less than 55% of respondents at each site felt crowded. Between 63% and 75% of visitors at each site encountered fewer people than their maximum tolerance limit, suggesting that indicators of social carrying capacity were not being exceeded at any of the sites. Satisfaction with some facilities at each site was relatively low partially because most respondents reported encountering fewer facilities than what actually exists. At some sites, there were not enough facilities to accommodate current use and recreationists' demands suggesting that some indicators of facility carrying capacity were being exceeded. Research and management implications will be discussed.