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  • Kainoa Kaheaku tended to his fishing even as the surf kicked up splashes on the wall at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki in Sept. 2012. (Star-Advertiser file)

After a year without fishing, the state is reopening waters around Waikiki and Diamond Head to shore and spear fishing on Friday, for one year.

The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area has been closed since Dec. 31, 2014. The area includes waters between the Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse to the reef about 500 yards offshore.

“The stretch of shoreline and near shore waters between the Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse are very popular for fishing and other recreation among residents and visitors,” said Bruce Anderson, Division of Aquatic Resources administrator in a news release. “The fishing public is reminded that it’s important to use caution and avoid conflict with other fishers using different types of gear as well as swimmers, surfers and others who also use the area.”

“Similarly, we remind the non-fishing public to be mindful that fishers will be present. These near shore waters are a traditional fishing area, and have been managed for public fishing since 1978. Fishers have a right to enjoy their activity as well,” Anderson said.

Fishing is not allowed in the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District, between the Ewa edge of the Natatorium and the Ewa edge of the Kapahulu groin.

Permitted fishing methods include pole-and-line, throw net, spear (daylight hours only) and hand harvest.

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