State moving forward with parking ban at Laniakea

State moving forward with parking ban at Laniakea
Published: Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM HST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:26 AM HST
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NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Frustrations are running high on Oahu's North Shore over traffic at Laniakea Beach. The state is moving forward with plans to block parking in the area.

Work has begun and so have the complaints.

"I think it's a very silly idea this time of year," said Sharlyn Foo, Sunset Beach Community Association President.

It's just going to cause more traffic and people are going to be upset about it," said Kirra Cicero, turtle monitor volunteer at Laniakea.

"It's just kicking the can down the road and you're splitting the problem in a longer area," said Kent Fonoimoana, Koolauloa Neighborhood Board Member.

In the coming weeks the state plans to put up barriers blocking parking at Laniakea. It's a popular spot to see turtles. It gets 600,000 visitors a year. That's more than 1,600 a day.

Already with the temporary no parking signs people are people are parking further down on either side of Kamehameha Highway and still crossing the road.

"It makes no sense at all and it's not going to solve the problem of people crossing the street," said Foo.

We heard plenty of people saying the barriers are a terrible idea, but throughout the day traffic was actually moving pretty well.

"It's already working just not having people park right there all the time," said Carl Hodel, who lives on Pohakuloa which is right next to Laniakea. He supports the barrier plan.

"I think it's a great idea," said Hodel.

As far as bus companies, they still came as well. Some are getting mad.

"I am getting fed up with people in Hawaii. They're getting to be big city and not like before when they would welcome the people to Hawaii," said Peter, a tour bus driver.

Others are adapting.

We're not going to stop anymore. We're just going to go by. We are going to change our tour because it's too dangerous to cross. It's dangerous," said Johnny Alapai, 808 Trans tour operator.

The state will see how this plays out. The ban in parking could be a month or a year depending on effectiveness until a permanent solution is worked out.

"We're either going to have nothing happen and we're going to be held hostage to this traffic problem or we try this and I think it's worth a try," said Hodel.

We will see if the traffic remains light on a weekend or when the surf is up.

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