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Don’t down the kites on Kailua Beach

THIS IS A CALL TO ALL KITESURFERS/BOARDERS: “Please help save Kailua beach, Honolulu. A bill is being proposed to ban kiteboarding instruction at Kailua beach park. The Bill’s focus is on tour buses and kayaks but kiteboarding will be an innocent victim of this Bill. Kailua beach is the only beach on Oahu to learn how to kite. If this Bill passes we will lose kiteboarding for everyone at Kailua beach. Supporters of Bill 11 have lots of power and money and include Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks who stands to gain a monopoly on activities at Kailua Beach. (minus kiteboarding) The Bill passed first reading and goes to its final vote on May 9th. If it passes we will be killing kiteboarding on one of the beaches it was born. We need everyone’s support.”

As one angry petitioner put it: “Kite boarders are NOT the problem here. The over commercialization with the tour buses and KSK is. Please sign this petition!”

Please follow the link and sign and the petition.

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Kailua is a beautiful setting, only 30 minutes from Honolulu but it could be a world away. The sweeping panoramas, wide-open beaches, turquoise blue waters are in a unique and beautiful, or, as one resident puts it: “Once I come through the tunnel (from Honolulu) at the end of the day, that’s it,” said another Kailua resident. “I see Kailua and the ocean, and I’m home. I leave work on the other side.”

The beautiful Kailua Beach on a calm day

Kailua Beach, Honolulu

“Good winds vary 14-20 mph calm to chopy with some waves at least when l was there in March. Rig up and launch excellent nice sand and grassy area,” says one kitesurfer.

Robbie Naish grew up here and lives here still, and he lives here for a reason.  The steady onshore trade winds makes Kailua Beach one of the world’s preeminent windsurfing and kitesurfing destinations… and they want to ban it?

First and foremost, Kailua is a beach community. To turn it into a tour bus haven would be a tragedy for this unique spot and a travesty to the Kailua community. It is often cited as Hawaii’s best beach and has been ranked at one time as the finest American beach.  As one resident noted in ALOHA Magazine, “If I feel stressed out, boom, in three minutes I can be at the beach and rigging up my sailboard. Even if you’re not at the beach, it’s never far away. It’s in the air, you can smell it.”

Well, if this Bill passes, that poor resident will be smelling the beach through a fug of exhaust fumes…

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