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State patrols Kaneohe Bay sandbar, clears Mokulua Islands

  • Janna Sandridge

State enforcement officers continued to issue citations in and around the Kaneohe sandbar over the Labor Day weekend and also cleared about 100 people from the Mokulua Islands, where tents, camping and alcohol are prohibited.

An estimated to 75 to 100 people in 25 to 30 boats visited the sandbar on Sunday, said Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. State enforcement officers issued seven vehicle citations at Heeia Pier, where people park before boarding boats to get to the sandbar. 

One person was cited for possession of alcohol in the sandbar safety zone on Sunday, Ward said.

Officers conducted 11 vessel boardings but issued no citations. Three divers without flags were given warnings.

Enforcement officers also went to the Mokulua Islands after an off-duty DLNR employee saw 100 people boating and kayaking to the islands with tents and camping equipment, Ward said.

Overnight camping, alcohol and dogs are prohibited on the Mokulua Islands, she said.

While there were no dogs, people did bring tents and alcohol, Ward said.

“There were too many to cite, so the officers just cleared the island,” Ward said.

State enforcement officers will return to the sandbar Monday and will continue to monitor the Mokulua Islands, Ward said.

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