I live in a city that you have to have resident parking stickers. If you don't you can park at a metered spot or one of the parking garages. There is no free parking in town. If I have out of town visitors I can buy $5 guest passes up to 7 at a time. The town makes a ton of money from parking. Stickers are $20 for the year but there is never enough parking. I've regularly driven around 15-30 min looking for a spot. Love my city but parking drives me nuts!
I wish we could do that in Waikiki. I hear people complain that there is so little free parking. I say, "I have to pay for my parking space and I live
here!" A covered parking stall in a secured building is worth $15,000 to $20,000.
I don't know why people think that their car registration entitles them to park free anywhere. I wish we had resident parking stickers, but even then, I don't think there should be any free parking in Waikiki; Space is too dear. If you don't want to pay for parking, take a bus, bike, walk, take a taxi. There are lots of options.