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Big fun or big fuss over Hawaii Kai carnival

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HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board member Herb Schreiner stands near the Great Lawn, outlining some of the complaints he has heard regarding the upcoming Hawaii Kai Community Carnival.

"We got a major highway here, it's 6 lanes, and for people to get to it they gotta park and walk to it...so basically the parking, and the highway--the safeties of the highway," said Schreiner.

The carnival is scheduled to take place there from March 14-16, then again from the 21st through the 23rd.

The benefactor from the proceeds is the Kaiser High School Football team.  Rich Miano, their head coach, agrees with the critics.

"There's a parking concern, there's a safety concern.  But again this is going to have a fence around it, there's going to be policemen at both corners.  Those have been addressed and will continue to be addressed".

EK Fernandez, the long-established entertainment company, has secured the necessary permits to conduct the carnival.

"They've talked to DLNR, they understand the situation in terms of boaters, and the respect of boaters as well as recreational users of Mauna Lua Park" said Miano.

Neighborhood Board members were also taken aback by the suddenness of the carnival.  Miano said the carnival became official just three days ago, so there wasn't time to alert them beforehand.

Schreiner said that despite hearing complaints of others, he is hopeful the carnival is a success, and that it can be a rallying point for the community.

"I asked my granddaughter who's sitting in the car right there, ‘are you for a carnival in Hawaii Kai?'  She goes "yeeahhh!"

The carnival runs from 6p-11p on Friday the 14th and the 21st.  On Saturday the 15th and 22nd, it will be open from noon to 11p.  On both Sundays, it will be open from noon to 10p.

Admission is $1 for adults.  Children under 40" tall get in free.

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