Oahu’s Business Regulation Bill Passes

Bill 38 will go to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi for signing

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (KHON2) – The Honolulu City Council approved a proposal to regulate commercial activities at beach parks on the east side of Oahu on Wednesday, March 16.

However, not everyone is happy.

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The wedding industry is particularly concerned with one major source of revenue: beach photography.

The bill regulates commercial activities, including wedding photography and tourist bus stops, from Makapuu Point to Kapoho (Castle) Point. Proponents said it would contribute to overcrowding and access while opponents fear losing their livelihoods.

“If it’s a matter of overcrowding, I don’t think it’s because of us,” said wedding officiant Kawena Opunui. “I think we try our best to leave no trace, we try our best to occupy a small area.”

Taking photos and videos for profit won’t be outright illegal – event organizers will need to purchase a permit. Players in the local wedding industry are upset that Hollywood won’t have to play by the same rules.

“It cuts out all commercial activity except movies and TV shows. So ‘Magnum’ can come or ‘Godzilla’ can come, right? But a family can’t get married on the beach.

Ellsworth Simeona, Licensed Marriage Minister

At Wednesday’s Council meeting, however, testimony in support of Bill 38 won.

“We are tired of the inundation of commercial activities everywhere we go on our coastline, so much so that sometimes we cannot use our shorelines and the desecration that continues to take place,” Kapua Medeiros told the city council. from Honolulu.

The council member who introduced the bill added that there are other options for the wedding industry.

“Of course, that doesn’t stop anyone from getting married or taking a picture. It simply cannot be a commercial activity. There are many beaches on this island.

Esther Kiaaina, Honolulu City Council

“I want to do what’s best for both parties,” Simeona said. “In Hawaii, we work together. We have ho’oponopono, we can come to a resolution and maybe this bill is a bit overbearing.

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The bill has passed its third and final reading and is expected to be returned to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi for his signature.

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