THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2646

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2010

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO HAWAII SURFING RESERVES.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


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

A Hawaii surfing reserve designation achieves three purposes:

(1) Formal worldwide recognition of the sites as surfing areas that have quality surf and significant cultural, historical, recreational, and competitive sports value;

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

(3) Promoting 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 surfs of Waikiki and the area from Haleiwa to Sunset beach on the north shore of Oahu 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 the Waikiki Hawaii surfing reserve, which shall include the area of Oahu bounded by the Ala Wai and the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium that includes all surf breaks; and the north shore Hawaii surfing reserve, which shall include the area of the north shore of Oahu from Alii beach in Haleiwa to Sunset beach and includes all surf breaks. Each Hawaii surfing reserve shall extend from the high water mark and include all surf breaks within the defined reserve.

(b) In connection with 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 surfing reserves; and

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

(c) For the purpose of this section:

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

"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."

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

 

Description:

Designates Waikiki and certain area of the north shore of Oahu as Hawaii surfing reserves; effective 7/1/2040. (SD1)

 

 

 

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