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State OKs proposed booze ban at sandbar for 3-day weekends

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 03:17 p.m. HST, Dec 09, 2011

The state Land Board today approved a proposal to permanently ban alcohol at the Kaneohe sandbar during three-day weekends.

Drugs and disorderly conduct will also be banned at Ahu o Laka during three-day weekends involving a state holiday.

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation requested a permanent ban because unruly behavior significantly dropped after the land board imposed an emergency rule from June through October to prohibit unwanted activity. 

The approval today is the first step in the rule-making process toward a permanent alcohol ban at the sandbar. Public hearings will be held before the proposed ban is reviewed by the Small Business Regulatory Review Board. Another public hearing will follow before the proposed ban is sent to the review board for a second time. The issue will then be heard by the land board. If approved, it will be sent to the governor's office for approval.   

For the past several years, the sandbar has become a party site where as many as 200 boats and 500 people flock to primarily during major three-day weekends such as Memorial Day and Labor Day. Area residents had complained that the crowds were out of control.

The emergency rule curbed unwanted activity, and the number of boats and people dropped by half, according to Underwood.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Just curious as to why you can't have a beer on a boat here but you can drink alchohol in the Aloha Stadium parking lot?
on December 9,2011 | 12:30PM
1local wrote:
what drugs are allowed by the State? Since when does the State allow disorderly conduct?
on December 9,2011 | 07:16PM
pollocoyoco wrote:
Reporter seems to have gotten the story wrong. Board needs to send this out for rulemaking hearings.
on December 9,2011 | 12:49PM
Snator wrote:
"Drugs and disorderly conduct will also be banned at Ahu o Laka during three-day weekends involving a state holiday." So does that mean drugs and disorderly conduct is OK on regular weekends?
on December 9,2011 | 12:51PM
serious wrote:
When one makes rules, I think one of the things that should be included is how are they going to be enforced!!! No dogs in the parks---heck, it's like a bark park. No cellphone use while driving??? Look at the traffic violations at every intersection!! I don't like a police state, but we keep adding new rules--how about personal property on the sidewalks---heck we can't get the police out of their air conditioned cars as it is!!! When APEC was here there were bicycle patrols!!!
on December 9,2011 | 12:56PM
Frances wrote:
on December 9,2011 | 02:07PM
billso wrote:
It's about time for some permanent rules.
on December 9,2011 | 02:20PM
Pathetic that it comes down this... couple alki UFC wannabe's that spoil the fun for everyone.
on December 9,2011 | 02:30PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Agreed. The chronic that is responsible for this is dead and now we can't even have a single beer on our boat yet they let people go crazy at the Aloha Stadium parking lot. Go figure...
on December 9,2011 | 05:54PM
hihitek wrote:
Do you think that the temporary rules banning alcohol from the sandbar was solely responsible for curbing rowdy behavior or was it due to the increased law enforcement presence in the area and adverse publicity?
on December 9,2011 | 03:14PM
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