The growing number of kiteboarders, wing-foilers and windsurfers using Kailua Beach Park has compelled our windsports community and local authorities to develop and enforce better guidelines. Please help preserve our beach access and ocean privileges by observing appropriate conduct and adhering to the following rules and regulations:
Please embrace a concept of “Safety First” for all beachgoers, oceangoing and windsports enthusiasts. “Safety First” means public safety supersedes your personal needs, wants, desires or timelines. Education is key to safety. Please view the following links for more information.
We do not have the right to tell anyone they cannot be in Zone A. A friendly explanation, including a reference to the posted signs, may be helpful. However, aggressive, authoritarian and/or offensive behavior is highly discouraged. Negative messaging, speech tone or an unfriendly disposition are also highly discouraged. Resolve conflicts by peacefully walking away. Consider speaking with other experienced local windsports enthusiasts for ideas on how you can use the designated ingress/egress zone without creating further conflict.
As this is an area of high traffic. Tricks and jumping in this area is regarded as reckless and dangerous behavior. In general, stay at least 200 feet off shore at all times when riding (§13-244-9 (a) HAR).
KWA endorses The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea Regulations (COLREGS), which are globally accepted regulations for all ocean-going vessels, to include sailing crafts. COLREGS define priorities between all sea-going vessels with regard to steering ability, visibility, motorized versus non-motorized crafts, speed and maneuverability. Kiteboarders, windsurfers and wing-foilers are regarded as a class of sailboats, and therefore must yield to swimmers, kayaks and canoe paddlers, and of course maintain an appropriate distance to other boating vessels .
It is our kuleana (responsibility) to protect our ocean and winged friends. Please be watchful of marine life as Kailua Bay is home to many sea animals, to include the Hawaiian Sea Turtle, Spinner Dolphins and the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. On land, be mindful of the Shearwater seabird nesting sites that are roped off and marked with signs. Indigenous animals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and/or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, all of which are enforced by Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). (§13-124 HAR). Remember that we are visitors in their environment.
KWA has voluntarily cooperated with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) by refraining from windsport activities on the following days: Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. This agreement extends to the two most prominent canoe regatta days sponsored by our local Kailua and Lanikai Canoe Clubs. Please refer to the HCRA calendar as these days change every year. We are demonstrating our respect for others in the community by voluntarily yielding the beach and water on these special days.
Windsports require adequate training from a qualified individual. After you complete professional instruction, KWA recommends working with a partner for support as you build on your skill set, and until you can independently perform all the following skills:
KWA endorses proactive individual self-regulation and community education. As an Association, KWA encourages members to represent our community with the spirit of Aloha. As ambassadors of our sport, we ask for your cooperation in self-regulation. Please kokua (help) by embracing our mission of preserving ocean access for the windsports community.
Please remember that we do not possess the authority to enforce rules and regulations. If faced with a potentially dangerous situation, KWA recommends attempting to educate those not cooperating with recommended community guidelines or government mandates in a friendly and non-confrontational manner. This contact might include seeking out a group of local experienced windsports enthusiasts for support in the process. Another option is bringing your concern to KWA representatives for advice. However, if an individual continues behavior that poses an immediate danger to the public (similar to any activity that poses immediate danger one might observe in daily life), and all other interventions have failed, please prioritize public safety by contacting the correct governmental agency: