Dozens gather in support of bill to ban commercial activity at Windward Oahu parks

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Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 6:40 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 31, 2022 at 6:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Supporters of a measure that would ban commercial activity in Windward Oahu gathered at Honolulu Hale on Thursday.

The city council passed Bill 38 this month, which would prohibit certain activities including professional photography in parks from Makapuu to Waimanalo.

Most of the bill’s opponents are in the wedding industry, who say they’re still trying to recover from the pandemic. They said the bill is a huge blow to their business.

However, supporters of the bill said “unregulated commercial activity” has been a source of “frustration and disrespect” to the Native Hawaiian community that lives there.

“We do understand the need for small businesses, especially out of this COVID pandemic, but we have to look at the costs and what the community is enduring,” said Kukana Kama-Toth, who supports the bill. “The very communities that businesses come within to be able to make their profit.”

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he met with people on both sides of the bill and expects to announce his decision on Friday.

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