Neighborhood board proposes allowing vendors at Leeward coast beach park
NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow) - If the Nanakuli Neighborhood Board has its way, food and other vendors may be allowed at a popular beach park along the Leeward Oahu coast.
Supporters said it's aimed at helping local businesses in an area that needs economic help.
The vendors would be allowed at Kahe Point Beach Park, just past Ko Olina on the way to Waianae. it already draws families and fishermen, and a large number of divers, especially those in scuba dive classes. Currently, if you aren't having a picnic there or didn't bring something to eat or drink, you're out of luck, as there are no nearby concession stands.
The resolution would allow vendors, "whether it's craft, or whether it's a food business, or shave ice, or anything like that, to come out and do services out here," said Patty Teruya, the Nanakuli Neighborhood Board chairperson.
Teruya said the idea would be to allow vendors, with a permit, at Kahe Point, and perhaps also at Tracks Beach, just a little farther up the highway.
"You have poke trucks. You have marlin trucks and they have great poke and food, and everybody knows where they're located," Teruya said. "But we wanted to have one set area, to be consistent."
There's already a spot alongside Farrington Highway, before Ko Olina, where food vendors set up shop. Malia's Pasteles and Poke has a truck there every weekend, and Patty's Nuts and Beans swells from the back of an SUV.
"The traffic is really heavy through this year," said Mary Apana of Malia's Pasteles. "It's going to give us a better place, and customers a better place to go. And safer."
"It's good for a lot of the vendors," Patty Kane-Souza of Patty's Nuts said. "It will give them an opportunity to come out in an area where it's allowed instead of trying to find a spot."
But having a spot at Kahe Point might not be for them, since they come from other parts of Oahu each weekend. The neighborhood board said the point is to help Waianae-area businesses.
"We don't want to say you're not allowed here," Teruya said, "but we want the opportunity to have many of our local businesses that are located in Waianae that are not doing too well because of the economy."
The vendors at the highway turnoff also said they might not move, because they're already established there.
"They're used to us being here, and a lot of people don't want to make the left turn into another area. And we're catching a lot of people going home," Kane-Souza said.
The resolution goes before the City Council Tuesday. If it gets final approval, it would allow vendors under a three-year pilot program.
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