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State proposes new surf, swimming rules for Kailua-Kona bay

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is proposing new rules to address user conflicts at Kahaluu Bay in Kailua-Kona.

West Hawaii Today reports the proposal would limit the number of schools permitted to use a popular surf instruction spot at Alii Drive to four.

No more than eight students per school would be allowed in the water at any time.

The department is also proposing to divide the bay into two zones.

Swimming and snorkeling would be allowed south of Pyramid Rock and the lifeguard station. Surfing would be limited to areas north of those points.

The proposal would require surf instructors to obtain an advanced life saving certificate.

A public hearing on the proposals is scheduled at Kealakehe High School on April 29.

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