The Maui News - Maui County Council members voted unanimously to ban alcohol consumption in Kihei's South Maui Community Park. There is also a separate measure being pushed to ban alcohol at Kalama and Cove Parks.
The South Maui Community Park ban was passed to help curb crime and noise in the area, which have been reported by adults and teenagers, according to Councilmember Don Couch.
"By enacting this law, we will be in the proactive role," said Maui Police Department Kihei Patrol District Cmdr. Capt. Tivoli Faaumu. He added that the ban at Charlie Young Beach Park has seen success.
Those against the measure lament the county's legislation on the grounds that it is encroaching on citizens' personal freedoms.
"This has been a hard one, because even my wife said, 'Why are you making more laws to curtail our freedoms?'" Couch said.
Kalama has been a popular park for decades, playing host to surfing lessons, swimming, a playground skateboard and inline skating, softball, Little League and soccer fields. The park is geared toward children.
The vote for Kalama and Cove Beach Parks is slated for a final vote on Friday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m.