The Hawaii Kai Marina is cracking down on outsiders coming into their waterways, but many area residents are confused about who is allowed in and who will be chased out.
Many people don’t know that the 13 acres of waterway just inland of Kalanianaole Highway and Maunaloa Bay are all privately owned and operated.
Anyone who is not part of the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association or sponsored by a marina resident is considered a trespasser.
From a distance, Hawaii Kai Marina looks very inviting, but as one gets closer, patrol boats are waiting near the entrance of the marina and “no trespassing” sign is posted.
“It’s always been private, but I didn’t know you had a sticker to be in there. I’ve never been chased out, but I know people who have been chased out, they get warning,” Hawaii Kai resident Mike Gordon said.
“I thought all major waterways were public access, but I guess since this is man-made maybe the community wanted it to be private,” Hawaii Kai resident Claire Gordon said.
The marina is man-made and was deeded from Bishop Estates to the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association in 1991.
The association is comprised of the 2,400 homes and condos that line the water’s edge.
The residents each pay $400 a year in association dues, which help protect them from liability and ensure the marina is well maintained and secure.
“If it was public, the view is there would be nobody patrolling it or maintaining it or doing all the things that need to be done,” Hawaii Kai Marina Association President Robert Clark said.
Along with the boats, jet skis, kayaks and all watercraft, stand-up paddleboards must now registered at the association office. Paddlers without a sticker will now be asked to leave.
“I don’t know if we have a fine since they’re non-members. We just tell them they shouldn’t be there,” Clark said.
KHON2 asked if that’s fair.
“No way. It’s not fair,” Mike Gordon said.
“There wouldn’t be, for example, $5 million in the coffers because it’s public and you know how nothing gets done when it’s public,” Clark said.
The only outside group that is allowed to use the marina are the members of the Hui Nalu Canoe Club, which was part of the agreement with Kamehameha Schools.
Hawaii Kai residents can buy their way into the marina. For $450, Hawaii Kai residents can become part of the association.