‘Epic Boat After Party’ cited for illegal commercial operations at Kaneohe Bay

Credit: Hawaii DLNR


VIDEO FROM HAWAII DLNR

A boat operator was cited on Easter Sunday for conducting commercial activities without a permit.

Department of Land and Natural Resources said that Adam Taylor advertised an “Epic Boat After Party” on social media.

Robert Farrell, enforcement chief for DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), said in a press release that they investigate events that appear to be unpermitted activities advertised on social media or blogs.

In this case, undercover DOCARE officers paid Taylor for a boat ride to Ahu O Laka, commonly known as the Kaneohe sandbar. The officers were among the 15 passengers the operator carried on his boat.

All commercial activities conducted from state small boat harbors, facilities, and near shore waters require a permit from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

DOCARE officers had prepared for a major flotilla-type of event at Ahu O Laka, but believe overcast skies and cool temperatures likely kept big crowds from developing.

In past years, enormous crowds have descended on the popular windward Oahu sandbar. This prompted officials to establish a prohibition against open containers, and alcohol consumption and possession at Ahu O Laka during the summer season holiday weekends.

There is also a state boating rule, that prohibits loud, abusive or disorderly conduct; and the presence of persons under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or non-prescription drugs in an area designated as the Ahu O Laka Safety Zone (map below).

The first offense for failing to have a commercial activities permit can carry a maximum fine of $5,000.


Ahu O Laka aka Kaneohe Bay Sandbar
Ahu O Laka aka Kaneohe Bay Sandbar

§13-256-73.13 Ahu o Laka safety zone.
(a) The Ahu o Laka safety zone is the area encompassed within the boundaries designated as Zone H-2 shown on Exhibit “X-2,” “Ahu o Laka safety zone, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii” dated June 8, 2011, and located at the end of this subchapter. The boundaries of Zone H-2 are as follows: Beginning at a point in the water at 21°28.462’N 157°49.203’W, then by straight lines drawn to a point at 21°27.9647’N 157°49.140’W, then to 21°27.514’N 157°48.115’W, then to 21°28.030’N 157°47.940’W, then back to the starting point.
(b) For Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day holidays as designated in section 8-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, if any of these three designated holidays involves a three-day weekend, Zone H-2 is subject to 5he following restrictions during the time period of 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on each day of the three-day weekend:

(1) No person shall possess, use, or consume alcohol within Zone H-2;
(2) No person shall enter or remain in Zone H-2 while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or drugs; provided that a person may use or possess drugs legally prescribed by that person’s physician; and
(3) No person within Zone H-2 shall:

(A) engage in fighting or threatening, or violent or tumultuous behavior;
(B) make unreasonable noise;
(C) subject another person to offensively coarse behavior or abusive language which is likely to provoke a violent response; or
(D) create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which is not performed under any authorized license or permit.

Noise is unreasonable, within the meaning of subparagraph (3)(B), if considering the nature and purpose of the person’s conduct and the circumstances known to the person, including the time of day or night, the person’s conduct involves a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a law-abiding citizen would follow in the same situation; or the failure to heed the admonition of a law enforcement officer that the noise is unreasonable and should be stopped or reduced.
(c) In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a violation of any of the restrictions described in subsection (b) shall be subject to penalties as provided in sections 200-14 and 200-14.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
(d) If any term or provision of this section, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is found unenforceable or invalid to any extent, the remainder of this section or the application of such term or provision to persons or circumstances other than those to which it is held unenforceable or invalid, shall not be affected thereby, and each remaining term and provision of this section shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
(e) This rule shall take effect ten days after the filing date with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and shall be repealed three years from its effective date unless this provision is sooner repealed or otherwise amended. [Eff 8/18/12] (Auth: HRS §200-4) (Imp: HRS §§200-2, 200-3, 200-4, 200-14, 200-14.5)

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