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Letter for Friday, November 5, 2021

Beach access for locals is a must

The issues for keeping the path to Hideaways open is a concern for North Shore residents who want to be able to access the beach for snorkeling, fishing or surfing.

Hopefully, the trail will remain open and funds will be accessible to make the trail safe. There is another issue though and that is parking. If people want to go to view the sunset from the plateau above Hanalei Bay by the hotel, go to Hideaways or hike down to the beach, there are only eight public parking stalls for the public. There are over 200 parking stalls for hotel guests.

I counted over 80 public parking stalls at the Marriott in Lihu‘e and the Hyatt in Po‘ipu also has at least 40 stalls.

Why are there only eight parking stalls for the Princeville hotel area?

What is the protocol for a hotel located at a beach access?

Is there a formula for how many parking places need to be provided for the public?

Many years ago, the back section of the now private parking lot for the hotel was available for at least 40 local cars. Is there a way to get more parking available for the public?

Michelle Edwards, Princeville
Source: The Garden Island

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