Windward Dog Park Meeting and Vet Talk

Updated about a month ago · Taken at Windward Community College

For years now windward Oahu residents have been seeking a space to allow their best friends to roam safely off-leash and without harassment. Thank you to all the people that Gathered Thursday night at WCC for the first Windward Dog Park Hui meeting.

Guests were first allowed the valuable opportunity to take notes on speaker Veterinarian Jenny Kelly as she shared her professional experience with the community on caring for aging dogs and cats. This segwayed into an appearance from Hawaii Kai dog park organizer Elaine Dobashi. She was able to share her insights and experience with the group on what the process of building a dog park would look like by outlining steps her group took, barriers they encountered and how they were able to overcome those obstacles to achieve, what many thought would be the impossible. There was a clear emphasis on the need for those that are interested in having a dog park built to take action. Many people say that they want a dog park, but unless they speak up and stand up to make it happen nothing will be built…We can't rely completely on the local government alone to build us a park. It really needs to be a public/private partnership to be successful. The focus of the meeting was shifted towards educating the community on the importance and role that a dog park plays in the community; human and dog socialization, physical and mental stimulation, educational advantages, and how it helps build a sense of community. There were many great questions that stirred up an enthusiastic open discussion about next steps for the group. Many of these inquiries surrounded Janine Tully's presentation of the potential dog park sites in the area; which include: Kaneohe District Park, Keaalau neighborhood park, Kaneohe Civic Center, Ahuimanu Community Park, and Kaha/ Kawainui Park.

We were also fortunate to have our local representative of State House District 48, Jarrett Keohokalole attend and offer support in our efforts.

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." -Henry Ford

The Hui's First meeting with its tremendous turnout of about 80 people represents the momentum that has accumulated over the last couple of years. There is much more to be achieved so the group has set it's sights on first finding a suitable site that the city and county would be willing to dedicate while simultaneously putting pressure on community leaders and government officials to answer our plea.

For information or to join us in our efforts, please go to our "Contact Us" page.