S.B. NO.



S.D. 1


H.D. 1














     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that designating Hawaii surfing reserves would recognize important surf sites and acknowledge their environmental, cultural, sports, and historic significance in Hawaii.  Designation of Hawaii surfing reserves would raise awareness about the importance of protecting, nourishing, and developing Hawaii's world famous surf sites.  Designation of Hawaii surfing reserves would not limit enjoyment of the designated area.

     A Hawaii surfing reserve designation achieves three purposes:

     (1)  Formal worldwide recognition of the designated surfing site as an area that has quality surf and significant cultural, historical, recreational, and competitive sports value;

     (2)  Recognition of the close relationship between surfers and the ocean; and

     (3)  Promotion of the long-term preservation of Hawaii surfing reserves for recreation and competitive surfing.

     To date, Australia has designated several areas as surfing reserves and New Zealand has considered taking similar action to protect its coastal environment.

     The purpose of this Act is to designate the surf breaks:

(1)  From Kewalo Basin to the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium on the south shore of Oahu;

(2)  From Haleiwa to Sunset beach on the north shore of Oahu; and

(3)  Off Honolua Bay, from Kauhipueo Point to Kalaepiha Point, and including Hononaaahu Point, Miloiki Point and Puiwa Point on the island of Maui,

as Hawaii surfing reserves.

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 6E, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§6E-    Hawaii surfing reserves.  (a)  There is established:

(1)  The Waikiki Hawaii surfing reserve, which shall include all surf breaks off of the area of Oahu bounded by Kewalo basin and the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium;

(2)  The north shore Hawaii surfing reserve, which shall include all surf breaks off of the area of the north shore of Oahu from Alii beach in Haleiwa to Sunset beach; and

(3)  The Honolua Bay Hawaii surfing reserve, which shall include all surf breaks off of the area of Maui from Kauhipueo Point to Kalaepiha Point including Hononaaahu Point, Miloiki Point and Puiwa Point.

Each Hawaii surfing reserve shall extend from the high water mark and include all surf breaks within the defined reserve.

     (b)  In connection with Hawaii surfing reserves, the department shall:

     (1)  Recognize that recreational and competitive surfing in all its forms is an asset to the state of Hawaii;

     (2)  Assist in placing appropriate signs or markers provided by the surfing community, other organizations, or individuals, which are designed to commemorate and identify the respective Hawaii surfing reserves; and

     (3)  Assist in promoting federal, state, and county collaboration in nourishing and protecting Hawaii surfing reserves.

     (c)  For the purposes of this section:

     "Hawaii surfing reserve" means a part of the coastal environment recognized by the community for the cultural and historical quality and consistency of its surf and its long-term and ongoing relationship between the surf and surfers.  A Hawaii surfing reserve includes the beach and adjacent surf zone from the high water mark and may include features of the marine and coastal zone that intrinsically enhance aspects of the surfing experience.

     "Surfer" means any person who interacts physically with the surf for recreation, including activities such as bodysurfing, body boarding, surfing, surfskiing, surfboating, stand-up paddle boarding and all forms of surf lifesaving and lifeguarding including tow-in surfing; provided that riding waves on machines shall be excluded."

     SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 2, 2040.

Report Title:

Hawaii Surfing Reserves; Waikiki; North Shore



Designates three Hawaii Surfing Reserves, comprising surf breaks off of Waikiki to Kewalo Basin, the north shore of Oahu from Ali'i Beach in Haleiwa to Sunset Beach, and Honolua Bay on the island of Maui.  Effective July 1, 2040.  (SB2646 HD1)




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