Nearly 100 windward Oahu residents are upset about the state's proposed alcohol ban at the Kaneohe sandbar.
After a deadly brawl started at the sandbar last year, the state implemented an emergency ban on alcohol and drugs to stop rowdy behavior. Now the state wants to make the ban effective for all three-day holiday weekends.
"I just don’t think its fair to make everybody suffer because of a couple of people or the actions of a few," said Charles Stone, a boater and Kaneohe resident. His opinion was backed by dozens at the public hearing hosted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Thursday night.
There were a few who were in favor of the ban but they were outnumbered at the hearing.
"I think it's important we have these administrative rules," said Mahealani Cypher who supports the ban. "Because even though everyone here may be law abiding there’s no way to control the non-law-abiding people unless you have a rule so we need to have the rule."
The proposal will now go before the land board for a final vote before heading to the governor's office.