The drawn out battle over cutting commercial activity at some Kailua beaches got interesting Thursday as the owner of a kayak company faced off with protesters and sprayed them down.
"I thought I would make them a little more comfortable," said Bob Twogood, who owns Twogood Kayaks.
But that idea didn't sit well with a group of protesters when Twogood started spraying them with a water hose.
"We lined up while holding signs on the sidewalks and Bob came out and video taped and actually pushed one woman and got a hose and started hosing everybody down. It was about five minutes of showers," said protester Randy Cates.
It happened while Twogood was going to hold a press conference earlier this afternoon to talk about the effects Bill 11 would have on the community. That's the bill banning commercial activity at Kailua and Kalama Beaches.
Twogood said he didn't mean any harm and thought protesters out in hot weather might appreciate a spritz.
The manager of his company Twogood Kayaks added that it looked like protesters were getting unsafe.
"Then people proceeded to move out into the street. They were actually blocking traffic and they had little kids out on street with them," said manager Ryan Davis.
Police arrested Twogood on four counts of harassment and took him away in handcuffs.
Twogood said what he really wanted was a chance to talk to try to keep his business from going down, under a strict new law.
"I understand there are hard feelings on that side, but it's all emotion and I wish they would sit down and be willing to talk with logic and common sense to come to some kind of solution that works for everybody," said Twogood.
Twogood has already been released from jail after paying $350 bail.
He plans to hold a second press conference on Friday.