It’s now illegal to smoke at Ala Moana Beach, but could all Oahu beaches and parks be next?
Councilman Ikaika Anderson is fuming over the current legal issues with the smoking ban Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed this week.
Anderson has a better idea, but will have to convince his colleagues to get on board.
Honolulu’s new smoking ban was meant to target several south shore beaches, but bad wording says the ban can only be enforced on the sandy area at Ala Moana Park.
“Being that we have to go back and fix that part of the policy anyway, I feel that now is the time to go ahead and enact a broader policy that will prohibit smoking at all of our City parks,” Councilman Anderson said.
Councilman Anderson never liked the idea of a partial beach smoking ban to begin with.
“If we are going to protect public health, we do not protect public health at some of our parks and more or less ignore public health at the majority of our parks,” Councilman Anderson said.
But when Anderson proposed this idea earlier in the year, it was shot down by a vote of 5-4. He hopes second time around it sticks.
The mayor says he’ll sign it.
“In the interim Ikaika has put in this bill that will take three to four months to move through. We’ll see how Stanley’s is working and I think it will work. I’d like to see it expanded island wide,” Mayor Caldwell said.
“It should be all beaches. Cigarettes should be banned from all beaches. The beaches are all beautiful enough,” Hawaii Kai resident Ginger Makaveev said.
Anderson’s bill would apply to Sandys, Waikiki Beach, and Kapiolani Park, but expand to include beaches in Haleiwa, Waimanalo, Waianae, and Kailua, along with Central Oahu Regional Park and Waipio Soccer Complex.
“Not the end of the world. Sure they won’t like it can’t smoke inside, cant smoke outside, can’t smoke in public, where can you smoke then in your house?,” Makiki resident Jackie Salgado said.
The Honolulu Police Department says it hopes smokers do the right thing, so they don’t have to hand out $100 tickets.
“It’s not easy to do you have to catch he person in the act, but most people follow the laws that we pass,” Mayor Caldwell said.
The bill will have its first reading next Wednesday.