Community penalized by new rules at park

Fishermen, divers, surfers, paddlers, volleyball players and all Kanaha Beach Park users are being impacted by the Parks and Recreation Department’s unpublicized decision to change park rules/signage. The original signs read “Park Hours 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.” New signs now read “Park Hours 7 a.m.-7 p.m.”

There is no regard for the early morning recreationists trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting in the water before heading to work. This action is also denying early evening access to the park for any kind of recreation, surfing, fishing, volleyball, paddling, diving, picnicking.

The “No Parking from 8 p.m.-5 a.m.” signs along Amala Road, just outside the park gates, have been replaced with “No Parking” signs. It seems because the department could not control the illegal campers/homeless, they are now penalizing the entire community. Had the department enforced the original parking signs we would not be in this situation.

Recently the parks department held public meetings regarding the Kanaha Master Plan. These abrupt and unannounced measures were never discussed. The parks department has not been upfront with our community on any of these changes in our park.

Parks department, please give our families back our time to enjoy Kanaha Beach Park. Give back the parking. We work hard all day and have only a few hours in the day to relax and enjoy this beautiful park and ocean!

Kawika Kaiwi

Wailuku