City Council committee approves measure banning commercial beach activities in Kailua
Posted: Apr 19, 2012 12:29 AM PDT Updated: Apr 19, 2012 6:39 AM PDT
By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email
KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu City Council committee has approved a measure that would ban commercial beach activities at Kailua and Kalama beach parks, seven days a week.
"They were loud and clear when they came out to a meeting I had about a month ago. A hundred plus community members said 'Ikaika, we don't want any commercial activity, we don't want any tour bus activity, and we want you to take that back to the council,'" he said.
"I really like to bodyboard at Kalamas and surf, and I don't want to be run over or have people who are learning or tourists to get in the way," said eleven-year-old Max Moonier.
Several of those who testified were especially against kayak rental companies at the beach parks. "The island bird sanctuaries of Popoi'a (Flat Island) and Moku Nui have lava rock shorelines except for one small sandy beach, which can fill up quickly with a single kayak tour. However, there are seven companies selling tours," said Lisa Miller.