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Public should shape the future of Kailua


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 18, 2013

~~<p>On any given day in Kailua, the streets are busy with tourists, some arriving by bus from Waikiki. Rented yellow kayaks ply Kailua Bay. Rented bicycles roam Kailua streets. Retail stores sell Kailua-branded beach towels and honu keychains and coffee cups.</p>
<p>The transformation of this Windward Oahu town from a sleepy bedroom community into a full-blown tourist attraction was neither accidental nor inevitable. Turning Kailua into what some derisively call &quot;Kaikiki&quot; required the efforts of many people who want to profit from Kailua's natural beauty &mdash; B&amp;B operators (legal and illegal), kayak vendors, tour companies, souvenir-selling retailers and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, to name a few.</p>
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On any given day in Kailua, the streets are busy with tourists, some arriving by bus from Waikiki. Rented yellow kayaks ply Kailua Bay. Rented bicycles roam Kailua streets. Retail stores sell Kailua-branded beach towels and honu keychains and coffee cups.

The transformation of this Windward Oahu town from a sleepy bedroom community into a full-blown tourist attraction was neither accidental nor inevitable. Turning Kailua into what some derisively call "Kaikiki" required the efforts of many people who want to profit from Kailua's natural beauty — B&B operators (legal and illegal), kayak vendors, tour companies, souvenir-selling retailers and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, to name a few. Login for more...



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