Out of crisis, ‘amazing opportunity’
HAENA A new boardwalk and freshly paved parking lot are waiting for visitors to Haena State Park, but it technically wont be open until repair work on Kuhio Highway is done.
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Before the development of Princeville and the north shore, there were never any crowds at Haena. We just went there and parked at the end of the road. Some of us made the day hike into Hanakapiai without fear that our cars would be vandalized. Now it’s a zoo of humanity. Same with the dry cave. Too many people.
Sounds to me like they’re creating a theme park to make money. What about those of us who live here and want to have access to the public beach? Will we now have to compete with visitors to make an appointment and pay?
Great beginning! Please include a way to recognize Hawaii and local residents, giving them priority access by using HDL identification. Its felt that state and local residents should have access availability over visitors.
Did anyone else notice the line in the second paragraph that says ..”borrowed funds from other planned projects”?? Wouldn’t it be interesting to know which projects will be delayed AGAIN because the funds were “borrowed”!!
I certainly understand & appreciate that local residents should have access to Public trails & Beaches those same residents should think about what their taxes would be if it wasn’t for “ visitors “ like myself who live very frugality ALL year so I can afford the trip to Kauai ( truly my fav. Place in the Wiorld) . I always try to be respectful of where I am & am so disappointed when nature takes over & therefore I can go & share with family the many treasures of your beautiful island. Without tourists the residents would be in big trouble & Im sure the “ Powers that Be” will be able to balance that out.
I agree with the locals. I have been a visitor to the trailhead arriving early and leaving early out of respect and it is a zoo. I live in Santa Cruz CA and we have many of the same issues. We now have parking permits for residents of beach neighborhoods so they have priority parking. Limited parking spaces and illegal parking outside of those spaces limits access. It is really nice for the locals to have this consideration. We all agree that tourists bring about a bustling economy but should not be at the expense of residents.
One more step toward making Kauai into Oahu.
“Local community interests” – How local? Island local or North Shore local?
So nice for North Shore to get its own private community on the heels of a disaster using county wide money. Opportunism, heavy.
Already got limited fishing access on “their” reef, monitored by… uh, “local interests.”
So when do the rest get to start setting beach and shore access limits?
North Shore: “Hey, everybody, we don’t like lotsa visitors. Only 900 up here. All the rest… You take ’em!”
Would be nice if they had a six month “residents only” period once the road is open (how long have all of us been patiently waiting to go back up there?). A six month residents only period would be a great way to try out the new system without flooding it with people, and reward residents for their patience!