Letter for Friday, November 5, 2021

Beach access for locals is a must

The issues for keeping the path to Hideaways open is a concern for North Shore residents who want to be able to access the beach for snorkeling, fishing or surfing.

Hopefully, the trail will remain open and funds will be accessible to make the trail safe. There is another issue though and that is parking. If people want to go to view the sunset from the plateau above Hanalei Bay by the hotel, go to Hideaways or hike down to the beach, there are only eight public parking stalls for the public. There are over 200 parking stalls for hotel guests.

I counted over 80 public parking stalls at the Marriott in Lihu‘e and the Hyatt in Po‘ipu also has at least 40 stalls.

Why are there only eight parking stalls for the Princeville hotel area?

What is the protocol for a hotel located at a beach access?

Is there a formula for how many parking places need to be provided for the public?

Many years ago, the back section of the now private parking lot for the hotel was available for at least 40 local cars. Is there a way to get more parking available for the public?

Michelle Edwards, Princeville

  1. Zchechuan November 5, 2021 12:21 am Reply

    Good concerns Michelle. The only protocol for beach goers would be a beach towel slippahs, cooler, and a walk way to the beach. And a nice swimsuit. If this is you, then more you needs to be heard to pave a cement walkway where you are talking about. So that there are easy access to the beach. I’m sure this project is not difficult. They just need workers and probably permission to do this. Why? Just being logistics.

  2. shelly November 5, 2021 6:58 am Reply

    is there a community group that meets to discuss beach access issues? We need to know the law regarding this and assure we do have beach access.

    1. nobody November 5, 2021 2:36 pm Reply

      Surfrider Foundation

  3. Zchechuan November 5, 2021 7:48 am Reply

    I used to live here. I moved to Massachusetts. But I know the island. I live near MIT.

    I visited Kaua’i in 2016. Relatives here? None.

    1. Jjjames November 5, 2021 5:20 pm Reply

      You must be bored as hell in MA to be reading news from Kauai.

    2. Jjjames November 5, 2021 5:21 pm Reply

      You must be Quite bored in MA to be reading news from Kauai.

  4. Beach goer November 5, 2021 7:37 pm Reply

    Public access to all beaches is one of the best things about Hawaii. Let’s keep that going!

  5. Ralph Young November 6, 2021 5:30 am Reply

    KAHILI ROCK QUARRY ROAD. We Need The Old Quarry Road -NOW! Too many cars and trucks on the Wailapa Rd access. We can’t watch our trucks like we could when we used the Kahili Quarry Road. The recent theft and burning of the truck that was parked on the Wailapa access road is a good reason to get our old access to Kahili beach and river SOON. Call the county and complain it’s been way too long. Kauai County Roads Division @ 241-4847 ask for Marty and ask “what’s up, who’s in charge, what’s the plan, what’s the time line”. It shouldn’t be a $$$ issue ’cause Charles Somers took “responsibility” (slow response means no one drives by his home built with lots of variances from the county – but $$$ doesn’t talk). If no one answers leave a message. If you get a response please put info on Nextdoor. If don’t get answer call back … call back … your paying their salaries.

  6. Kay November 7, 2021 10:31 am Reply

    Many of these issues that are being discussed here are part of the “Open Space Commission”. Information is available via the Open Space Commission on the County website.

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