City Council moves on park commerce
HONOLULU - The Honolulu City Council is moving forward a proposal to ban all commercial activity at Kailua Beach Park.
The council voted 8-0 in favor of the bill on Wednesday, sending it to the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee. It will go back to the full council for a third and final vote if it passes that committee.
About 50 people testified on the measure. Supporters outnumbered outright ban opponents 4 to 1.
Many spoke of how a once-tranquil community park has been overrun by too many kayaks and too many tour buses.
City Parks Director Gary Cabato told the council he is working on bill amendments to allow some kayak rental companies to use the park with permits.