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.