Protect Kailua Businesses & UPHOLD veto of Bill 11
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Protect Kailua Businesses & UPHOLD veto of Bill 11

    1. Kim Perez Hults
    2. Petition by

      Kim Perez Hults

      Kailua, HI

I love Kailua as much as anyone; however, I am upset by the misguided efforts of Bill 11 to shut the doors of local businesses, and put watersports athletes in danger by banning not just kayak trucks – but all professionals – from utilizing Kailua Beach.

First, eliminating commercial watersports activities results in reducing the number of Windward visitors, which results in significantly less revenue for many small businesses, including restaurants and shops.

In addition, banning commercial activity would create a dangerous ocean environment for all users, with inexperienced novices out on the water without instruction. Just two weeks ago,in fact, my husband, Sammy, an experienced (and permitted) watersports instructor, used his skills to actually rescue a fellow local kitesurfer from drowning: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/A-kite-surfer-goes-on-a-life-saving-ride/-/8905354/15314532/-/26vvwu/-/index.htm.  Trained instructors on the beach are necessary for the safety of all riders.

Futher, due to its unique conditions, Kailua Beach is the ONLY place on Oahu for visitors and locals alike to learn the sports of windsurfing and kitesurfing - so taking this away would be a huge blow to Hawaii's watersports community and those seeking to take up the sport.

I understand local Kailua residents' desire to preserve the small town charm and natural beauty of our community, and I wholly agree that commercial activities should be better regulated. However, what we need is a balance, and Bill 11 is absolutely the wrong answer.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Today's Ruling

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      Despite all of our hard work, the City Council voted again to pass Bill 11 and override the Mayor's veto:

      Mahalo to everyone for their efforts and support, regardless of the disappointing outcome. We will continue to work to seek balance on this issue, and find a way to amend the legislation and reverse the total ban.

    2. Final decision coming....

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      This is it - the final City Council meeting that will determine whether or not this bill will pass. Please, please take an hour next Wednesday to come show your support and testify in opposition to Bill 11. There is power and numbers, so it's critical that our side have a presence.

      Please sign up to speak - just a short 1 minute piece on why you oppose the ban - by clicking on this link: http://www1.honolulu.gov/council/spkccl.htm

      Date: Next Wednesday, 8/15
      Time: 10:00am
      Location: Honolulu Hale (530 S. King St.)

      The agenda for the meeting is posted here (and luckily Bill 11 is first on the list): http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-129570/081512%20Council%20Agenda.htm

    3. First Victory!

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      Great job, everyone. Today Mayor Carlisle vetoed Bill 11, taking a major step forward for compromise and smart beach regulation. But our work is far from over- the same Councilmembers who voted 7-2 to pass the bill can now override his decision with a 6-3 margin. This means we need two of those that voted in favor to change their opinions (and 3 of them did vote yes but with "reservations"). I've heard this vote will happen on August 15th. Let's double our efforts and reach 1,000 signatures to let the Councilmembers know their is a better answer!

    4. Press conference FRI, 11:00am

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      The press conference has been reschedule to Friday (tomorrow) at 11:00am, still at the Twogood Kayak shop. Please come!

    5. Making great progress....

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much to all of you for supporting this cause and recruiting friends to sign on, as well. The mayor is still considering a veto (and I believe has to make a decision by Tuesday), so every signature counts. The goal is to reach 500 signatures by Friday and submit the petition to him at that time - so thanks in advance for helping us reach that milestone.

    6. Meeting in Kailua on Thursday 7/19

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow, there is a meeting/press conference at Twogood Kayak Shop for those in opposition of Bill 11.

      Date: Thursday, July 19th
      Time: 2:00pm
      Location:134b Hamakua Drive, Kailua

      If you live locally, PLEASE come out to show your support for regulation and compromise in lieu of a total ban on commercial activity. I spoke with Bob Twogood today, and he is asking for especially all those who are affected by this bill (business owners, employees) to come to demonstrate the widespread impact the ban will have on our town's economy.

    7. Reached 300 signatures
    8. Bill 11 Passes the City Council

      Kim Perez Hults
      Petition Organizer

      The City Council voted on July 11 to pass Bill 11 - which will close down all busineseses that utilize Kailua Beach. Mayor Carlisle has the power to veto this bill- and he's our last hope. So let's tell him now that we oppose!

      More than ever, we need your help. Thank you.

    9. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kevin Suehiro PEARL CITY, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      If we think banning commercial activity at Kailua & Lanikai will solve everything we are wrong. It won't stop there, it will spread throughout all the islands so the tourists won't have anywhere to go. Which will in turn hurt our economy. What gives Kailua & Lanikai the right to decides who can and can't enjoy the beaches?

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    • Bryson Wong HONOLULU, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      I took an

      after school PE class through one of those commercial companies, and

      found the instruction, professional helpful, and their beginner gear

      necessary. I had really looked forward to taking the class again, and

      I don't think it's going to offered without a safe location of Kailua

      beach to learn at. It's disappointing that local students, or any

      local will not have the opportunity to pick up this sport in a safe

      environment because this ban is a total ban of commercial activity,

      and not regulation

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    • Kelsey Baehrens KAILUA, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      Kailua is our HOME and it wouldn't be Kailua without its surfers or its bouncy houses or its lunch trucks or the joy these things bring to our beaches.

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    • gary strong HONOLULU, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      I support small businesses in all forms. Kailua beaches should not be limited to the residents of Kailua.

      The economy of Hawaii is driven primarily by tourism because residents restrict other sources of income through taxation and fees. That is why many things sold in Hawaii are manufactured in Asia and the mainland.

      David Hults has hit some very valid points....

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    • Colleen Teramae MILILANI TOWN, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      A total ban in only one selected area of the state is unfair and borderline elitist. Not only are tourist visitors seemingly unwelcome, but now it feels as tho Kailua wants to keep "non-Kailuans" out. Focus on regulation.

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