Hawaii Kai Carnival scrambling for permitsUPDATED 8:18 PM HST Mar 11, 2014Video Transcript
Hawaii Kai are still scrambling to secure permits for parking in nearby lots. And the event opens Friday! And now area lawmakers are calling a town meeting on Thursday to learn how E.K. Fernandez plans to deal with concerns about traffic and safety. KITV's Catherine Cruz has the latest developments. 13 33-37 54 The carnival rides are already in place on what some call Hawaii kai's great lawn. Dominique Lopes-Miranda intially thought the new community event would be fun. but now she is wondering where everyone is going to park. 735 - 7:40 - "Just a little concerned about the parking I come to the dog park often But users of the dog park aren't the only ones who could feel the squeeze.. There is the weekend famer's market, as well as recycling center. The company met with the city transportation director this afternoon to try and secure the necessary permits for the park and ride lots next door. - Mike 13: 07 13: 21 "The canival being on the great lawn is on a major street in additon to two county roads, so we are concerned about safety 13:12 But EK Fernandez says it plans to erect a six foot high fence around the carnival area to make sure no one will dart out on the busy roads. It also plans to hire off duty police officers to help with traffic control. - Donna Smith 23:01 - 23:11 - "This is a typical E.K. Fernandez "This is a typical EK Fernandez event. We have not skimped on anything. We have 13 rides, our games, our food venders, It is just a different location," Smith says the carnival had not been required to meet with the neighborhood boards in Wainamalo and kapolei where it hosts other carnivals. - Donna Smith 22:17 -22:22 - Hawaii Kai expected it and We were not aware they expected it," - MIKE FORMBY 10: 45 - 10:55 - IT KIND OF SLIPS UNDER THE RADAR BEACUSE THEY DON'T NEED A ON- STREET ACTIVITY PERMIT BUT IT IS A OFF- STREET ACTIVITY WHICH DOES AFFECT LOCAL TRAFFIC SO WE HAVE CONCERNS." Carnival organizers are also trying to get permitsfrom the state. to use Maunalua Bay. The state says it is willing to lease half of the parking spots but it also has restrictions since the lot is heavily used by boaters and canoe clubs. Smith says the company is trying to finalize a shuttle service from a nearby school to help with the parking woes. Part of the carnival proceeds will go to a non-profit Hawaii Speed and Quickness run by Rich Miano-- a coach at Kaiser High School. Although Kaiser is not sponsering the event. Miyano, along with property owner Kamehameha schools and E.K. Fernandez will be at the Thursday night meeting to explain their plan and why they didnt inform the community ahead of time. back to you.