Commercialism rises in WaikikiUPDATED 9:32 PM HST Aug 21, 2014Video Transcript
advertise on Groupon and on line. It is everything from Zumba classes, to boot camps to surf schools. But the watchdog group for Kapiolani Park says enough already and it's asking the city to crackdown on the commercialism. KITV's Catherine Cruz has more on this growing controversy. it's all new at 6. 00-04 34-45 2:30-2:35 - Tek Yoon 22:22-22;27 -"Commeric alism is really rampant. It's out of control. This summer, Tek Yoon complained to the city parks department about the surf school operating at Queens surf beach. - Tek Yoon 17:51-18:05 - "They are comandeering picnic tables The picnic tables are for familes and stuff. but they are here all day every day running this surf class," But thats not all. Yoon says this morning there were two groups holding exercise classes in the area as well. In frustration, Yoon turned to the Kapiolani Park Preservation Society for help. - Alethea Rebman :57- 1:08 -"You are not allowed to hold commercial classes in the park you are not allowed to use it as your office you are not allowed to park your vehicle in the park or anything like that and this is the thing that KPPS gets the most complaints on," Rebman says some groups may not realize that Kapiolani has special protection under a park trust. She has tried to reach out on a friendly basis to put them on notice. - 2:05- 2:20 - "Stroller strides, which sounds like a good activity but they use the park as their office. We get complaints about the boot camps because they bring in tires and take over a large area., The yoga classes" Rebman has asked the city and state to help rein the activity in. This week our cameras documented the Hans Hedemann surf school conducting classes on the beach. Their van is parked in a metered space across the street. Their surfboards are registered with the state, as required by law, but the department of Land and Natural Resources doesnt have jurisdiction over commercial activity at Queens surf beach although it does at San Souci beach around the corner. - Alethea rebman 5:06 -5:20 - "This particular surf school that Mr Yun is complaining about.They were involved in a supreme court case with the kapiolani park preservation society just a few years ago. That is it was the Hawaii supreme court. The issue was the impact that they are having on the neighborhood. So they are fully aware of what they are doing," Hans Hedeman School of Surfing's general manager told KITV the company does not believe it is operating illegally and has not been cited. The city's parks director Michelle Nekoba said told KITV that commercial activities like the surf school or exercise at Kapiolani are not allowed. - PHONER 29:33-2279 -"They do not have permits they cannot do commercial activities" - PHONER 30:19 30:28 - "We can send them letters of warning like we have in the past but we cant enforce it." - 30:49 -30:53 - "Our employees will try and monitor it but they will hve to call HPD to enforce it," Meanwhile the state has drafted new rules that would regulate commerical companies doing any kind of instruction or tours in the ocean. - REX TAPE 11:11 Meghan Statts -"They need to come to us get a permit. There is a fee of $200 dollars of 3% of their gross every month," The rules are expected to be sent to the governor's office for his signature this month. With no crackdown by the city parks dept, the complaints go unchecked and the city essentially allows the commerical venders to operate unregulated--while making money off a public resource. We asked for clarification from police about enforcement of the park rules. HPD says it is looking into it. Across the country the issue of commercialism and friction with park users is growing with some cities taking steps to regulate the activity.