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 email@example.com phone: Ph: (808) 270-7855
Maui County Parks Director, Kaala Buenconsejo firstname.lastname@example.org. us 808-270-7230
Planning Consultants Hawaii, John Summers 808-268-4059 email@example.com
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.
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.
The sport of kiteboarding evolved on Maui, Hawaii. with many of the sport’s innovators and pioneers based there. Maui has become the focus of the new sport that has grown into an international industry and worldwide phenomenon.
See the Video that explains the evolution of a new sport. Produced by Red Bull, Josh kendrick and Dan Connely.
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..
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.
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.
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