Six million dollars a year is what the city pulls in from fees from visitors and residents.
So why does it take seven years for a reroofing job or to replace copper flashing that was stolen by vandals?
Members of the Friends of Hanauma Bay believe the city is using some of the money to pay for maintanence on other city parks.
"What this is doing is staving the bay for resources and money," said Sid McWhirter.
The retired long-time manager of the Bay agrees.
"Hanauma has its own special fund, so the money is always available. It's just that the city is not using the fund efficiently to get the things done at Hanauma Bay that need to get done," said Alan Hong.
That's why the friends asked that the Council consider creating a semi-autonomous agency to operate the marine preserve-much like the Board of Water Supply and HART--the agency which is charged with getting the rail project off the ground.
The city's new parks director argued against it saying it was costly and unneccesary.
"It does not seem appropriate to place Hanauma Bay in the same category as these very large agencies," said Michele Nakota.
Nekota has only been on the job for four months and asked that the council instead look to an outside audit and pledged to improve communications with the friends group instead of being adversaries.
”There is probably some way to get to this problem without making it semi-automomous,” said Councilmember Ann Kobayashi who introduced the resolution.
“I agree,” responded Nekota. “Because we really do need to make sure that the communication is there with the Friends and that we are open and transparent in what we do."
A previous legal challenge about funding forced the city to payback some of the money it was diverting to other park needs. And the Friends group said one of the options it was weighing, was going back to court.
"What we would end up doing is go back before Judge Kay and ask him to re-enforce his ruling," said McWhirter.
The committee deferred action Tuesday. It's asked the administration for documents detailing spending-- including a timeline for the repair work.
The parks department said it is putting final touches on a master plan for the bay.
Councilmembers seemed inclined to back-off and see how things move forward.