Sandy beach is one of Oahu’s epicenters. Locals, tourists, surfers body surfers, sunbathers, and even fishermen gravitate towards this beach. When one gazes upon Sandy Beach, it is clear why such a small stretch of sand can attract visitors from around the world. At Sandy Beach, there is crystal blue water, powerful and often intimidating waves, and nearly a quarter mile of classic Hawaiian sand covered in sunbathers of all ages.
Food Truck Scene at Sandy Beach
Some days at Sandy Beach, the park, which sits along the shore, has enough room for beachgoers to get some space from other people, however, on other days, the beach park is filled with food trucks. The food truck scene is one which pops up seemingly randomly at Sandy Beach, to be mysteriously gone on other days. Residents of Hawaii may remember the 2010s when one taco truck held residency at Sandy Beach. Since this ended, the food truck scene is ever-evolving with seemingly different food trucks popping up over time.
No Vending Allowed at Sandy Beach
The shifty nature of the food truck scene at Sandy Beach may largely be due to it being illegal to be a vendor at Sandy Beach. Along the road which borders the beach park is a sign which says specifically, “no vending.” This may seem like something that could stifle the free market in Hawai’i. However, if you consider the history of Sandy Beach and the fate it may have had, it becomes clear why such rules are essential to the preservation of Hawai’i’s treasures.
During the 1960s, land Developer Henry J Kaiser submitted a plan to Bishop Estate, the largest landholder in Hawai’i. The plan included a row of hotels to be situated along the beach at Sandy Beach. This plan was never seen to fruition. It is only because development did not take place at Sandy Beach that we have this public park to enjoy. In other words, the countless people and families who can enjoy Sandy Beach, can only do so because the park remained public property.
An Area For Public Enjoyment
It is for this reason that a rule which designates Sandy Beach as an area for public enjoyment and not for a developing food court is essential to what makes Sandy Beach a crown jewel of the Hawaiian islands. In Hawai’i, residents and tourists alike hold dear the natural world which exists here. Our culture, as well as our economy thrive when Hawai’i’s natural beauty is preserved for all to enjoy.