Urge HI County to CANCEL Kahalu'u Beach Park Surf Concession Stands by The Kohala Center
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⚠️* UPDATE: New revised proposal is active and bid deadline is set to close on March 27th 2018. The permits have been shortened from a 12 month to 6 month lease term per vendor.
The Kohala Center, a Hawaii non-profit, has been "awarded" a RFP (request for proposal) by the County of Hawaii. This RFP gives the Kohala Center [aka: Reef Teach/Kahalu'u Bay Education Center] the power to create a proposal for Blind Cash Bidding to lease land space at Kahalu'u Beach Park in Kailua,Kona to 4 (four) Surf Instruction Concession Stands. This will permit the erecting of four (4) pop-up tent stands to conduct business on the north end of the beach park with surfboards, business equipment, students, and signage for a minimum bid set at $3,000.00 monthly due in one annual lump sum cash payment to the Kohala Center in the amount of $36,000.00 plus $6,000.00 bond to the 4 (four) highest qualified bidders- bidding is open to statewide entities.
Currently the bidding process is open and scheduled to close on February 20th, 2018 at 2:00pm. There have been no public meetings prior to January 23rd, 2018 to alert the general public of such proposal being generated or initiated.
Two (2) meetings have been held by the Kohala Center on the following dates: January 23rd, 2018 and February 1st, 2018. Both have been met with a strong request for professional revision of the current proposal due to poorly written guidelines/regulations. A request of an independently conducted Environmental Impact Statement for Kahalu'u Beach Park was made by several people stating the presence of a very fragile north beach coral reef and well known sea turtle resting area- which is where the Kohala Center proposes the Surf Lessons to enter and exit the water with their students and equipment.
Another important concern is the impact of added overload the new concessions will have on both parking and foot traffic to an already highly congested beach park with neglected infrastructure and lack of funding from the county. Kahalu'u is the most utilized beach park in Kailua-Kona, hosting an annual estimated 400,000 people in 2017 but is underfunded and in need of critical restoration.
Clarification on the legitimacy and legality of the Kohala Center and the County to conduct such blind cash bidding of park property was also brought into question with no response back from either the Kohala Center or the County representatives present at the meeting. The concern of Due Process of the initiation of Kohala Center's proposal process was also questioned with no answer.
We are urging the public to voice their concern in opposition of this proposal and demand the County of Hawaii to halt the process of Kohala Center's proposal to lease park property to Surf Concession Stands and instead allocate funding for the restoration of Kahalu'u Beach Park to preserve and restore the land.
*Footage of both public meetings are available: Click here to View
For detailed view of Kohala Center's Original Bid Proposal: Click here
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