HANALEI — Up until 2009, Julian Miller noticed three things about Kauai. One, there are no seagulls. Two, there isn’t that much seaweed. And third, where were all the sand castles?
“I would mention this to people and they would say that is really odd,” Miller said. “There was so much sand, so many talented artists here, but no sand sculptures.”
About eight years ago, Miller took matters into his own hands.
“I was walking on the beach up in Hanalei and ranting about that there were no sand castles, and the person I was with looked at me and just said, ‘why don’t you do it?’” he said. “I knew nothing about the whole thing, but I didn’t want to be that guy who just complains about that stuff and does nothing about it.”
After dozens of phone calls to the county and the mayor’s office regarding permits to host a sand castle competition, Miller was met with road block: They weren’t allowed.
“(DLNR) said absolutely not,” he said. “Apparently there was a law…