From Castle Hospital to Hamakuka Drive, dozens of sign wavers made their mission clear Friday afternoon:
"We just want to assure that our parks are for recreation and families and not for profit," said Kailua resident Chris Delaunay.
A battle over commercial vendors at Kailua's beaches and parks has boiled over in recent months, and residents are well aware of their increasingly shared space.
"Over the years there’s been just little more tourist kayaks, and more tourists, which is actually good for Kailua," said resident Brad Wong.
Earlier this month, the city council passed a bill into law that would ban commercial activity on Sundays, but some groups felt it wasn't enough.
“We got a lot of phone calls. We got a lot of emails,” said Kailua Councilman Ikaika Anderson.
He drafted a new bill that would now limit the number of commercial vendors to just two at each park.
Two weeks ago, at a community meeting, this is the response he got to that:
“No more, no! no! no!” yelled one resident sitting in the middle of a group of more than 100 people.
“After talking to the community, they made it clear that they wanted that number to be zero,” said Anderson.
Make that no permits issued, no commercial vendors allowed, and no big buses dropping of throngs of tourists.
“I can see an increase in the amount of tourists being dropped off in Kailua, and I think our infrastructure cannot handle that amount of people,” said Delaunay.
Anderson said he's doing exactly what these constituents have asked for.
He just hopes the rest of them agree.
“What we're looking to do here is to be able to provide some balance,” he said.
“It's a small town, so it's good for a lot of the businesses, but at the same time it does get a little nuts especially on those really nice days,” said Wong.
Last year, banning vendors on Sundays won unanimous approval from other city council members.
Anderson said he has not shopped around this stricter bill to his colleagues yet, but he expects to get the draft done sometime next week.