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Council overrides veto, bans commercial activity at Kailua Beach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:51 p.m. HST, Aug 15, 2012

The City Council voted 7-2 this afternoon to override Mayor Peter Carlisle’s veto of a bill banning all commercial activity at Kailua Beach Park. 

Carlisle vetoed Bill 11 (2012) on July 26, arguing that most of the business conducted at the popular beach park there is already illegal under a separate measure that became law on July 1 and the bill would go too far in setting a precedent.

The Council first passed the measure 7-2 on July 11. Windward area Councilman Ikaika Anderson introduced  the bill, arguing that it is necessary to save the tranquil nature of what was once a neighborhood park.

A majority of the Kailua residents testifying for the bill said that the park is overrun by kayak rentals and other commercial interests. 

Opposition to the bill was led by kayak rental companies and others who do business on the beach.

Bill 11’s commercial activity ban also applies to Kalama Beach nearby.

Only members Romy Cachola and Breene Harimoto opposed the override.

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Anonymous wrote:
kalama beach is not in Lanikai
on August 15,2012 | 03:48PM
waikiicapt wrote:
Our daily paper doesn't even know where local places are. Uh, fact checking??
on August 15,2012 | 03:52PM
false wrote:
read the article. I don't see that it says Kalama Beach is in Lanikai.
on August 15,2012 | 08:57PM
Kaimukirat wrote:
All of the opposition to the bill isn't from "kayak rental companies" and others doing business on the beach. There are Kailua residents, like me, who don't agree that we should "keep the tourists in Waikiki" where we can fleece them and send them home without bothering us. Kailua Beach has been chosen again and again as one of the finest in the World and we shouldn't act like it's a "neighborhood park" where outsiders are unwelcome. With or without tourists, there's always going to be conflicts between residents and kite surfers, canoe paddlers, and boat launchers. BTW ... the bill doesn't affect in any way the kayak company lucky enough to have a location across from Kalapawai Market and they're the ones who rent the most kayaks. So I just don't get this bill.
on August 15,2012 | 03:56PM
etalavera wrote:
Exactly. That store that rents most of the kayaks is Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks. This law essentially gives that company exclusive access to Kailua Beach as renters drag their kayaks on dollies to the beach to launch and it's perfectly legal still.
on August 15,2012 | 09:26PM
kolekole wrote:
Get rid of the wind surfers and their contest's that field over 100 surfers while you're at it! I was at the beach accross St Anthony's and there they came, over 100 of them and a few fell down and came into the shore break and almost hit a bodysurfer. City Council got it right this time! Punish them!!! (the windsurfers.)
on August 15,2012 | 04:02PM
rayhawaii wrote:
I told you Mayor you were going to lose a lot of votes then Ben and that other guy would be next to run for next Mayor and Ben going to win and no more rail till the next round of Mayors comes around and we start all over again. Shouldah wouldah couldah veto that Kailua commercial activities after the primary. You win some you lose plenty.
on August 15,2012 | 04:06PM
frapawhack wrote:
there go the jobs..
on August 15,2012 | 04:50PM
olos73 wrote:
That's OK, Kailua residents get plenty money anyway. When the retail shops and restaurants lose money, then, they going wonder why. They grumbled when new stores were being built, but they're the ones spending their money there. Let them "recycle" that money amongst themselves. I'd rather spend my money anywhere else besides Kailua. At least everybody else welcomes my $$$$.
on August 15,2012 | 07:22PM
Reade1 wrote:
Your money, anybodies money accepted mahalo for spending your money in Hawai'i Nei. And we don't care where you spend it on the island. That is the whole thing "MONEY". Money has created that was once a beautiful paradise into a concrete jungle and the beaches were once sacred and beautiful. Now it's all money without private enjoyment unless you have plenty money and own your own beach front. All residents in Hawai'i have that right to protect their parks, beaches and community centers for their use not commercial usage. Guy's like me was blessed during our day's all the beaches were empty, beautiful, clean and miles of open water with no crowd. The only commercial action was Waikiki and now Waikiki over built too much in one area the carpetbaggers moved on to virgin grounds and today those virgin grounds have been abused and depleted the marine life. The sacredness gone to lock up your valuables, restrooms dirty, and homeless finding their spot to live all because of "MONEY".
on August 15,2012 | 08:52PM
Reade1 wrote:
KE OLA...LIFE GOES ON...KAPU HAWAI'I, HAWAI'I.. MAIKA'I NUI... YEAH FOR THE RESIDENTS OF KAILUA...ENJOY BEFORE SOMEBODY BRING'UM BACK....SAME GOES FOR THE RAIL..KAPU HAWAI'I...KEEP HAWAI'I, HAWAI'I... KEEP THE CONCRETE JUNGLE IN THE MAINLAND...TOURIST NO LIKE SEE CONCRETE THEY GET PLENTY WHERE THEY COME FROM. And for the beaches the tourist can catch the bus and go around the island to any beach and enjoy the same Hawaiian salt water. See already solve problem without increasing our taxes.
on August 15,2012 | 04:59PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Hate to say this, but those companies are simply going to move over to Sherwoods and Waimanalo beach park.
on August 15,2012 | 05:47PM
Reade1 wrote:
I don't think so... the Waimanalo Hawaiians will keep Waimanalo, Waimanalo!!
on August 15,2012 | 08:21PM
SueH wrote:
How can the Bill apply JUST to Kailua beach? What about ALL commercial activity at our beaches, like surf contests on the North Shore, ice cream vendors, and oh yes, those wonderful Pakistanis that sell cold drinks and T-shirts? In an over-zealous, knee jerk reaction to an isolated problem, I think we've shot ourselves in the foot, just like we did with the Super Ferry!
on August 15,2012 | 06:44PM
st1d wrote:
wait a few months. banning on-site beach commercial activities for now, allows the council to introduce measures to provide and control exclusive on-site concessions that bring income to the city coffers. the logic will be offered that the concession fees will be used to offset the costs of maintaining the beaches. dwindling city parks budgets will be rightly used to justify city park concessions.
on August 16,2012 | 12:15AM
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