Holiday parking restrictions in Lanikai get praised and panned

People react to beefed up parking restrictions in Lanikai
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LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of beachgoers and residents got citations for parking on public roads in Lanikai over the three-day weekend.

The parking restrictions were park of a city pilot project aimed at easing congestion in the area.

Did the pilot work? Opinions differ.

Lanikai resident Sonja Evensen said before the pilot, she was so fed up with traffic and noise she was considering moving after 35 years.

"In my head I'm like, 'OK, where would I move to?" said Evensen.

But over the three-day weekend, she was finally able to get some quiet.

"Oh my gosh, I can come home and be at peace and nobody's yelling out there," she said.

But while residents enjoyed the quiet holiday, some aren't so sure a parking ban is the right solution.

"There's got to be some sort of middle road something," Evensen said.

In the past, the city has implemented parking bans in Lanikai on the right shoulder of the loop in the community.

But this time, city officials took things the restrictions further. From Saturday to Monday, all on-street parking in the neighborhood was banned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Monday, $35 citations had been handed out to dozens of people who had failed to heed the parking ban. Those ticketed included not just beachgoers, but residents.

For its part, the city did make clear that the rules would be enforced, and posted signs.

Still, resident Alo Tasilo thinks the city needs to focus on more pressing matters.

"I think that's silly," he said. "I think that they should just look for criminals if anything.  Why are they worried about people parking and trying to go to the beach?"

Peter Chung, who's visiting from New York, dropped his family off at the beach, then snagged a spot in Kailua and walked back to Lanikai.

All in all it took about 15 minutes.

"I'm happy to park elsewhere and walk down here," he said.

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