Please Sign the petition to Save Kanaha

Please Sign the Petition to Save Kanaha

Please help our voices be heard in Kanaha parks planning by Signing the petition below, or emailing or calling our Mayor, Parks Director, and Park Planners and tell them why closing the current parking areas and eliminating the access points will unfairly affect all beach users at Western Kanaha.

Mayor Alan Arakawa  mayors.office@co.maui.hi.us  phone:  Ph: (808) 270-7855
Maui County Parks Director, Kaala Buenconsejo  kaala.buenconsejo@co.maui.hi. us 808-270-7230
Planning Consultants Hawaii, John Summers 808-268-4059   jsummers@planningconsultantshawaii.com

Here is the link to the Petition on CHANGE.ORG :

https://www.change.org/p/maui-county-mayor-alan-arakawa-keep-kanaha-beach-s-parking-areas-access-open

UPDATE: (We have reached the 1000 signature mark). The Kanaha Parking Petition is Helping Inform Decision Makers and it is already having a positive effect. However, this battle is still not over. We need to keep sharing our stories and giving reasons of WHY Beach Access parking is Important to us. In your comments Please include Some clear reasons of “Which exact parking access (s) you use (each one is evaluated separately), and Why you Need this Parking to remain as is”, and How it would be burdensome if they close off near-shore vehicular access, and eliminate or move existing parking areas 100-200 meters or more away from the shoreline. Give reasons why they should keep all existing access and near-shore parking open, and add new parking where appropriate. Give reasons and describe things like your activity, the kind of gear you have to take with you etc. What difference would it make to your enjoyment of the sport, your ability to access ocean, and/or would it affect and change your desire to use the area, or perhaps drive you to use another area, causing changes in usage patterns, user density, or create user safety issues?  The more details given in the comments help to paint a clearer picture for the decision makers about How we use these places, and why they are important to us. They simply do not know the whys. And Please Keep asking your friends to Sign this Petition and ideally make a Comment too. This Petition is still one of the best tools we have to protect our beach.

For More Information go to Mauikiteboarding association Save Kanaha Page

or Go directly to the Change.org Save Kanaha Petition

County park officials mull access fees

Free entry for everyone at Maui County parks could become a thing of the past.

Last week, the county Cost of Government Commission heard a suggestion to charge park entry fees for visitors and businesses from Vice Chairwoman Annie Alvarado.

“I thought it was something we should have a discussion about,” she said Thursday at a regular commission meeting.

The commission is an advisory panel that reviews existing county procedures and recommends improvements. The Maui County Council would need to approve park entrance fees.

The state charges parking fees at Iao Valley State Monument (although that has been closed following massive flooding in September), and the National Parks Service imposes an entry fee at Haleakala National Park. There are other park entry fees in the state. There’s a $7.50 entry fee at Hanauma Bay on Oahu, although state residents, active members of the military and children 12 years old and younger are free.

County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ka’ala Buenconsejo said the idea of charging an entry fee at some parks isn’t new.

“It’s always been a conversation that is ongoing,” he told commissioners during a meeting in the mayor’s conference room in the Kalana O Maui Building.

Park fees for services such as rental of community centers and gymnasiums are deposited in the county’s general fund, he said.

If the county were to charge park entry fees, a likely place to start would be at Kanaha Beach Park, a popular and world-renowned windsurfing and kitesurfing beach near Kahului Airport, Buenconsejo said.

The park’s master plan calls for building a guard shack where entry fees could be collected as vehicles pass through.

http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2016/12/county-park-officials-mull-access-fees/

(Maui News 12/11/16)

Our Responsibilities

Maui has a long history of water sports and ocean users. The beaches and ocean areas are busy with a wide range of activities and user groups. Kiteboarding came along much later than most of these sports and activities so we have had to learn how to fit in. All kiteboarders on Maui need to learn about other user groups, and how to respect them and allow each group to access the ocean freely and interact without any conflict or friction. MKA has helped create rules and guidelines that allow kiteboarders to participate in their sport with our creating a nuisance or hardship on others. We try to remind all kiters, local and visiting that we are part of a larger community and we need to respect the needs of others. Our duty is to inform and educate other kiters and the public that we are governing ourselves in a safe and responsible manner.

Being responsible and respectful water users will help us gain respect in the community, and to maintain our access to the ocean and beaches.

Kiteboarding Techies Generate $7 Billion In Market Value

Who’d have thought a conference based at the beach in Maui would attract some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs, executives and investors? Well, of course their love for kiteboarding would explain it. But don’t let the sand in their hair and the waves at their feet fool you. They’re not your average beach bums. Read more..

go to original article in Forbes magazine

County Regulates Kite Instruction

COUNTY REGULATES KITE INSTRUCTION
All Kitebording instruction on Maui is regulated by the Maui County Parks Dept. Only Permitted schools are allowed to teach Kiteboarding. Schools must apply for permits through a strict process that ensures legitimate credentials, insurance and liability coverage, and must adhere to specific rules of operation. All Permitted Kiteboarding Schools must display their County permit prominently in their vehicle. Illegal instructors/lessons are a problem for the County as they put at risk public safety and increase liability. Illegal operators jeopardize all kiteboarding access on Maui. You can report any illegal kiteboarding instructors to the Maui County Parks Dept or the Park Rangers.

Keep Kanaha Beach Parking Areas & Access Open

Maui County has new plans to renovate Kanaha Beach Park that will close 4 of the main parking areas and access points closest to the beach, at the western end of Kanaha. This affects all beach users including fishermen, windsurfers, beachgoers, kitesurfers, and more. Plans include closing Ka’a Point, The keyhole, the large dirt parking area, and the parking area next to the waterplant’s seawall. We do not want to lose our parking or our access to the beach. During the planning process, the community, including many kiteboarders made suggestions and gave input. Unfortunately our suggestions to improve the area have been completely ignored.

Current Plan removes existing parking, cuts off near shore access, and puts remaining parking far away from the water’s edge. Proposed parking is way too small for the current number of users, let alone the increasing number of beach users. If you do not want to lose your current beach access and parking areas, then Sign this petition and ask your friends to do the same.

Please help our voices be heard in Kanaha parks planning by emailing or calling our Mayor, Parks Director and Park Planners and tell them why closing the current parking areas and eliminating the access points will unfairly affect all beach users at Western Kanaha.

Mayor Alan Arakawa  mayors.office@co.maui.hi.us  phone:  Ph: (808) 270-7855
Maui County Parks Director, Kaala Buenconsejo  kaala.buenconsejo@co.maui.hi. us 808-270-7230
Planning Consultants Hawaii, John Summers 808-268-4059   jsummers@planningconsultantshawaii.com

Click Here to Sign the Petition

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