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City Council restricts Kailua beach vendors on weekends

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:18 p.m. HST, Feb 15, 2012

Two of Kailua's most popular beach parks will be off limits to commercial activities on Sundays and a portion of Saturdays under a bill passed by the Honolulu City Council today in Kapolei.

The council voted 9-0 to pass Bill 5.

More than 20 Kailua residents testified in support of the bill, calling it necessary to get some relief from a growing number of kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and other vendors that flood Kailua Beach Park and Kalama Beach Park.

Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who represents Windward Oahu, said the bill is designed to "balance" commercial interests with the recreational needs of Kailua residents.

Councilman Romy Cachola cited concerns raised by citizens said shutting down commercial activity at one beach would just push such enterprises elsewhere on the island. "Before you know it, it's all over the place," Cachola said.

City Parks Director Gary Cabato said he is working on establishing rules that would allow for up to two commercial contractors to operate at the beach parks.

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kailuanokaoi wrote:
Thank goodness - much reason to celebrate because things were getting out of control! Mahalo to everyone who made time to go down and testify - wish I could have been there!
on February 15,2012 | 11:35AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Read carefully... the goal is to limit the lucrative trade to only one or two vendors chosen by the City Council. Yuh huh. Some sweet deals gonna go the insiders.
on February 15,2012 | 04:10PM
9ronboz wrote:
anti business, anti tourism and anti military
on February 15,2012 | 11:40AM
innocentBystander wrote:
All three of which need to be controlled...
on February 15,2012 | 12:05PM
control wrote:
Not true......People and their local govt have the right to limiit commercial activity that's gotten out of hand. .In Bermuda, cruise ships are restricted to being in port from Monday - Friday. Big fines if they arrive on the weekend. The locals want to go to their beaches and enjoy their island without thousands of people taking over. Visitors cannot rent a car, only bikes or mopeds or use cabs or the excellent bus/ferry system to get around. Visitors can still stay on weekends but you'll have to fly or use your own private boat to get there. Business there is doing just fine thank you.
on February 15,2012 | 03:12PM
Kailuadad wrote:
Mahalo to Councilman Ikaika Andersen for coming up with this and pushing it through! Good to have someone working in our interest.
on February 15,2012 | 12:06PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Excellent. Now these surly vendors won't be able to monoplolize the parking spaces. A little more aloha and people wouldn't have been so motivated to support this move.
on February 15,2012 | 12:49PM
Kaimukirat wrote:
I live in Kailua and don't have any problem with the kayakers, who are mostly visitors. They mostly stay out in the water. The kite and wind surfers are local, but they use up a lot more beach. There's lots of other beach users. If I had know of the pending ordinance, I would've testified against it. Why do we have to choose who can use the beach and who can't? And in choosing, why pick on those without any local political representation? What's next? The dog walkers? Hawaiian canoes? Kites and windsurfers? Swimmers? The tai chi folks? There's a couple of miles of beach in Kailua, most of which is empty. There's plenty for all.
on February 15,2012 | 12:51PM
artwork wrote:
Its obviously a way for the City to raise revenue with the community's blessing, of course.
on February 15,2012 | 02:45PM
roadsterred wrote:
This will turnout to be a disaster! Tourists do not differentiate between weekdays and weekends, after all, they're on vacation. By prohibiting commercial activities on Sundays and a portion of Saturdays, the tourists will be extremely disappointed and this disappointment will be expressed by word of mouth to all who are willing to listen when they return home. Killing the golden goose is such easy sport.
on February 15,2012 | 04:59PM
stanislous wrote:
Big deal.. another rule that won't be enforced... just like illegal venders are now using the beach and parking spaces and there is NO ENFORCEMENT. (Yes I know... all "caps" is shouting. LOL)
on February 15,2012 | 08:00PM
gtracer66 wrote:
The article stated that 20 people spoke in support of Bill 5. I'm curious as to how many spoke against it. At the local community level in Kialua, there were many people who spoke in opposition to this bill. Is this another case of the council forcing something down our throats? We here in Kailua didn't hear about this until the day before the local committee meeting. Many people might have come to the meeting to oppose this bill had they known just when it was being discussed and voted on. Kailua Beach has been listed as one of the best beaches in the world. Too bad for that because tourists generally are interested in visiting the "best" of anything. And tourism fuels Ohau's economy. If we want economic growth, we need to encourage toourism not restrict it. A government sponsored monopoly isn't not that answer. Shutting down long established business with employees is not the answer either. You cannot put the genie back in the bottle. We need jobs and we need tourists to fuel those jobs. People who actually work for a living but don't have a car or truck need to rent a kayak. How are they supposed to get them to the beach? And if they only get the weekends off, when are they supposed to take advantage of their beach. . The only people who endorse this bill seem (notice I say seem) to be people who came here when Kailua was a sleepy little outpost on the island. Today according to Wikipedia, Kailua has a population of over 30,000 people. The long time residents need to understand they can't stop progress or the clock. Anywhere else in the United States, a town this size would be self governing. And local people would be allowed to make their own determinations.
on February 15,2012 | 10:28PM
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