LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a packed house at the Lanikai Community Center on Tuesday night as city officials, police and residents met to discuss the ongoing traffic and parking issues in the area.
During the open forum, some residents proposed that the city issue a special sticker for those who live in Lanikai that would exempt them from the no parking ban on three-day holiday weekends.
But the idea was also met with opposition.
"To give certain members of the public additional parking privileges that are not available to other members of the public based on where you live just wasn't going to fly," Councilman Ikaika Anderson said.
Anderson, Department of Transportation Director Mike Formby and HPD called the impromptu meeting in an effort to get everyone in the community on the same page and to acknowledge the progress made so far.
"It's all about balancing public access to the beaches with public safety," Formby said.
Since efforts began in 2013 to mitigate traffic and parking problems in Lanikai:
- bike lane and no parking symbols have painted on the road;
- the fine for driving or parking in a bike lane was increased from $35 to $200;
- and the city has enacted a parking ban on the bike lane side of the Lanikai loop during three-day holiday weekends.
In 2016, that ban was extended to both sides of the loop.
"I think everybody likes it. People who live outside of Lanikai that come in they just like having that additional space," said Tom McDonald, chairman of the Lanikai Association's traffic committee.
However, residents like Harold Faulk are still frustrated.
"Personally, I say no parking period," Faulk said. "We just don't have the room for it."
City officials are asking for balance and understanding.
"When you try to do something to address serious problems, there will always be critics and naysayers. But I think overall, we've gotten a lot of positive feedback," McDonald said.
In the meeting, police also asked the community to refrain from calling 911 for minor issues because they say one complaint can lead to multiple citations.