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Water-use plan is bad for Waikiki, critics say

The proposal would increase revenue and flexibility as beach users diversify, the state contends

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2014

~~<p>Big waves aren't threatening to former pro surfer Louie Ferreira, but he and other Waikiki beachboys worry proposed changes in how the state regulates commercial use of its waters could wipe out long-held traditions put into place during the time of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku.</p>
<p>The Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation wants to eliminate the testing requirement for surf instructors and canoe captains and make businesses liable to ensure the competency of their staff. The state also intends to require a commercial use permit for all activity in state waters.</p>
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Big waves aren't threatening to former pro surfer Louie Ferreira, but he and other Waikiki beachboys worry proposed changes in how the state regulates commercial use of its waters could wipe out long-held traditions put into place during the time of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation wants to eliminate the testing requirement for surf instructors and canoe captains and make businesses liable to ensure the competency of their staff. The state also intends to require a commercial use permit for all activity in state waters. Login for more...



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