41-942 OluOlu St.
Waimanalo, Hawaiʻi 96795
September 13, 2018
Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation
1000 Ulu'Ohi'a St #309
Kapolei, Hawaiʻi 96707
Dear Department of Parks and Recreation,
My family, friends and I have been going to Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park for many years. We have been returning because Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park is where so many sporting events are held.
However, many people, along with my family and friends have had problems with some safety issues at Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park. Throughout the many years I have been coming here, many facilities are either constantly shutting down or they’re taking a very long time to repair. Roughly last year from October to March, the shower was shut down for a good amount of time (weeks to approximately a little over a month). I recently came to Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park for HCRA States last month, and the shower was working, but one of the restrooms on the field were still off limits from the arson fire years ago, and the playground next to the restroom was still broken. I’s important that restrooms that are broken get attention, because they are used by the public. The bathroom that is broken is the closest one to the tennis courts, and so the people playing tennis would have to walk a bit further to get to the bathroom. As I was reading reviews on Google and Yelp, I read that some people were making other comments saying, “The tennis courts have large cracks in them, making for very dangerous play.” (Nat N.) Recently, a Salt Lake resident and his son were regularly helping to clean up the beach park, but after it got overwhelming, he said, “We can't do anything because it's a little bit too much for us. It's up to the people with machines and trucks and manpower to do it,” Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park has many facilities that are constantly being shut down or needs repair as soon as possible, and has also collected an immense amount of trash.
I understand that there are about 300 parks on this island, and it’s difficult to keep up with each of them, but I feel Keʻehi Lagoon should be one of the priorities. I tried to call different park districts on the island, and although I didn’t get to find out how much parks were cleaned annually, and how parks were cleaned… The people I spoke to on the phone were friendly (which included people from the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, and West Honolulu Park District). I also understand that there is a maintenance crew that cleans up at the beach park, but a potential plan to effectively clean up the beach park would maybe be to use bigger equipment, such as a tractor. Keʻehi is home base to athletes that play tennis, football, baseball, softball, soccer, people who paddle and also to residents who visit here or choose this place to spend time with their family, etc. There are so many people that visit here annually and I feel that things that have been under repair for years, should be fixed soon.
Through it all, Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park will still be home to a lot of these events, and having the shower and the bathroom working (the one closest to the water) will do for now. I am grateful to have the two main facilities working as it has been a problem for a long time before.
I have no objection to your policies, nor am I telling you how to run your job, but I truly feel that Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park should be one of the priorities on the list when it comes to repairs, since it will affect many people who come here.