The Board of Land and Natural Resources is reminding residents and visitors that alcohol and drug use, and disorderly behavior, are banned at the Kaneohe Sandbar — also known as Ahu O Laka — this Memorial Day weekend.
The rule first took effect Labor Day weekend in 2012 and applies only to three-day holiday weekends that include Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day each year.
This year, the safety zone rule will apply on the weekends of Memorial Day – May 23, 24 and 25; Independence Day – July 3, 4, and 5; and Labor Day – September 5, 6 and 7.
Since implementation of the Ahu O Laka safety zone rule, accompanied by on-scene enforcement presence, holiday weekend conditions have been more peaceful and calm and families have said they felt safer to bring their children.
The board approved on May 8, 2015, a boating administrative rule amendment that will make the bans permanent at the Kaneohe Sandbar. The rule amendment must next go to the office of Gov. Ige for signature into law and will take effect 10 days after that date.
The proposed amendment to Hawaii Administrative Rule 13-256-73.13 repeals the September sunset date and makes permanent a rule that prohibits possession, use or consumption of alcohol within the sandbar’s safety zone. The rule also prohibits a person under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs from remaining in, or entering the safety zone, and prohibits disorderly behavior while in the safety zone.