By Braddah Lance
Waikiki parking. Yeah right.
Words kama'aina - and tourist alike - have found to be oxymoron-ish
Adding "affordable" Waikiki parking turns out to be a really big misnomer.
The City Council has decided to raise the parking rates for the metered parking stalls at the Honolulu Zoo and those fronting Kapiolani Park in proposed Bill 25.
According to Honolulu Advertiser's staff writer John Windrow's article, "one version would raise the parking fee at the Honolulu Zoo lot from 25 cents an hour to $1 an hour and raise the hourly rate at meters along Kalakaua Avenue fronting the park from 25 cents to 75 cents. The other version would raise the hourly fee at the zoo and along Kalakaua to 75 cents. An earlier plan that called for raising the hourly fee in both areas to $1.50 has been scaled back."
For those who don't do math well, the first version is a 300% increase and the other version? A whopping 500% increase!!
Wassap Wit Dat!
Well nothing much if you don't park in Waikiki but obviously the parking increase itself, percentage wise, is outrageous! You might as well call it Bill 300 instead.
Personally, I don't park in Waikiki unless I'm in da mood to get ripped off with $20 parking from hotels which btw, how come no mo' kama'aina rates? Only now da hotels hurting so all their ad's they running now say "discounted parking"? WWD!...... 'nuff about dat one, dat's anoddah mo'olelo.
Back on topic, I wondah if the City Council have thought about HOW it would work fully?
You know my mind, always brewing, and I was already thinking of a couple of things about it.
Numbah 1 - I think was kinda a no-brainer with da increased rates was: Are they going to replace every single meter? Think about it. With a 300% increase... don't you figgah dat da meter needs to be 300% biggah to hold all da extra coins? Only once in my lifetime have I encountered a meter dat was full, I can only imagine how quickly the current meters would get full with da new higher rates.
Numbah 2 - I can understand and, believe it or not, partially agree with da increased rates. It hasn't been raised since forevah but 300% is a bit exhorbant - but no one is thinking in percentages. I couldn't see why the increase wasn't from 25¢ to 50¢ per hour (still a 100% increase)? It would have been a very fair increase considering and much more able to handle for da time being. I'm surah even most of da regular park users could live with dat.
Da biggest gripe I get is if you like more money for parking, Fine. But how come you no can make it easier for me to pay it then!
Who da heck is going to carry $4 in quarters? We all know dat if you pay in nickels or dimes you "lose minutes" compared to a quarter and how many times have we had to dig around for loose change? Unless you specifically know you're going to park in a metered stall, your coin count in your ashtray isn't going to cut it (mine's doesn't right now at da current 25¢ rate) and we all know how business' just looove to give change to "non-customers".
And who da heck wants to keep looking at their watch, stop wat they doing and run back to keep feeding da meter so you no get one ticket?
But I guess das da overall master plan yeah? No mo coins, tell yourself you going come back, forget, and see da big yellow flapping paper under your windshield wiper saying "Congratulations! You just lost $35! No pay in two weeks and get a bonus fine added!"
If we're expected to pay more, why not make it easier for us to pay? I've seen meter's dat accept credit cards on da mainland and I'm surah someone has invented by now a meter dat accepts dollah bills. How about a coin change machine like an ATM so nobody can break into it? How about even paying by a cell?
We may not know wat or how da heck da City or State systems work, but bottom line is if they want more of our hard earned kala, you bettah be more akamai about how we can pay it.
I just wondering if going get kama'aina rates on da meter.