Booze bill draws public input

LIHUE — Bruce Hart believes allowing alcohol to be sold on the Wailua Golf Course will set a bad precedent.

“The promotion of alcohol sends the message to youth that sports and alcohol are somehow interrelated,” he said. “I don’t approve of this.”

Hart was one of four people who testified on Bill No. 2635, which allows the sale of alcohol at the Wailua Golf Course, Wednesday during a public hearing. A petition was handed in as written testimony, bearing 165 signatures, in support of the bill.

The measure was passed on first reading 6-1 in August. Currently, alcohol can only be consumed in the course’s restaurant. The bill would allow it to be sold via “roving concessions.”

Corey Aguano operates one of those concessions. On Wednesday, he spoke in favor of the measure. He also provided the council with a list of signatures, of people signing their support of the bill.

Dick Ueoka, who spoke on behalf of the Kauai Golf Association, also supports the measure.

“I interviewed several golfers, made phone calls, and every golfer I spoke to was in favor of this,” he said.

But Anne Punohu said allowing alcohol to be sold on the golf course is opening Pandora’s box.

“Soccer, football, why don’t we offer beer at those events? Why don’t we offer alcohol at soccer games, because what’s the difference?” she asked.

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The Garden Island

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