Everyone, whether visitor or resident wants to enjoy Hawaii’s natural beauty.
The problem arises what access to such place are in the middle of residential neighborhoods.
Maunawili Falls, Lanikai Beach along with numerous beach and mountain access across the island comes in conflict with neighborhood peace and quality of life.
The idea behind Residential Recreational Zoning is the ability to put the residents interest in first position being so many modern access problems came about long after residential areas were built.
An RR Zoning would be designed to control parking to residence and guest.
This could be done in combination with open parking days and in conjunction with protecting places like Maunawili Falls and the Lanikai Pill Boxes from continuous daily and year round use.
Solving the long term problems associated with beach and trail access suggest better central parking and shuttle access for beach’s. For trail access there need to be designated parking lots and restroom facilities all outside of residential neighborhoods.
Hawaii is notorious for its haphazard maintenance and care of its natural wonders.
RR Zoning is not the end-all solution but can prove to be an important tool to push for better care and preservation of our manmade and natural environment for everyone.
Kaneohe Bay serves as the backdrop to all of Kaneohe and is the natural central feature of the town.
Such a beautiful natural asset should be more incorporated into the Kaneohe lifestyle.
A potential method to draw the economic and social life of Kaneohe closer to the bay would be to establish a land trust for a public Kaneohe Bay Shoreline Park.
Doing this builds first on a shared community vision, then using that to empower the process of navigating ways to making it happen.
Establishing goals and working towards bringing them into fruition is the heart of community involvement.