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Coast Guard establishes security zone in Kailua for president's annual visit

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:20 a.m. HST, Dec 17, 2013

The Coast Guard will begin enforcing a security zone in the waters off Kailua Bay in the area where President Barack Obama and his family will be spending their annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

The security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5 unless canceled earlier.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies on patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop. The zone also includes the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.

A marker will be placed on Kailua Beach, a yellow buoy will be placed on the water and an orange boom will be placed in the canal for visual references of the zone.

Any person entering the zone without the permission can be fined $40,000 for each violation or prison time not more than 10 years, if convicted.

During annual visits since becoming president, Obama has stayed in a rented home in the Kai-lu-ana beachfront section of Kailua along with a host of friends and security personnel.

The White House and local U.S. Secret Service have not released details of when the president is scheduled to arrive.

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Numilalocal wrote:
It'd be much more pono if the Prez and his ohana were to stay at MCBH: security's already built in and not a lot of other folks would be put out during their time here.
on December 16,2013 | 04:25PM
pandadaddy wrote:
And hang out near the people he loathes? He's much too special to stay near the common folk.
on December 16,2013 | 08:40PM
SteveToo wrote:
Not again. Why not vacation in Alaska? LOL Glad I don't live in Kailua to get my life screwed up.
on December 16,2013 | 04:27PM
Smiling wrote:
I live in Kailua, and right across the bay.....it's actually not bad at all...the only people who complain are people who didn't vote for him!!...obviously....the one that really took the cake last year was the lady who wrote a letter to the editor complaining BIG TIME that her family couldn't use the beach for the 10 days.....oh, it was such a complaining letter....she and her family "use the beach" so much....well, I've lived in my spot for the past 22 years, and I've seen that particular neighbor ONCE at the beach she was complaining that was closed....ONCE...but, because she (probably) is on the other side of the political aisle, she just had to complain and write about what a problem it is that she could not use the beach! I've seen her ONCE!!!!..in 22 years!!! It's not a problem, people.
on December 16,2013 | 05:36PM
BigErn wrote:
obama is a pee-oh-ess
on December 16,2013 | 06:19PM
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