comscore State says off-shore bird sanctuaries, including Mokulua islets, remain closed | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

State says off-shore bird sanctuaries, including Mokulua islets, remain closed

State officials said today that all off-shore islets that are state seabird sanctuaries, such as the Mokulua Islands off Lanikai, remain closed until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.

These offshore islets — normally listed as open for restricted access – are not covered by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s reopening of beaches on Saturday, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. In addition to the Mokulua Islands (also known as Twin Isles made up of Moku Nui and Moku Iki), they include Mokuauia (known as Goat Island), Popoia (known as Flat Island) and Kapapa.

Prior to COVID-19 regulations, paddlers could go out to the beach at Moku Nui, with restrictions, while Moku Iki has always been closed to the public.

“The islands and islets are refuge for many native seabirds, plants, and insects, as well as for Hawaiian monk seals and other protected and endangered ocean species,” the DLNR said in a news release. “This is the time of year when seals may be pupping and it’s important that they be left alone. Anyone caught on the islands can be cited for entering a closed area.”

However, Ahu O Laka, or Kaneohe Sandbar, is not a state seabird sanctuary, remains open.

Other Oahu offshore isle seabird sanctuaries, including Kihewamoku, Pulemoku, Kukuihoolua, Mokualai, Kekepa, Moku Manu, Mokulea, Manana, and Kaohikaipu, are normally closed, and remain so.

The isles, including Kaneohe Sandbar, are under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

During regular, three-day holiday weekends including the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, alcohol consumption at Kaneohe Sandbar is prohibited, and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement will patrol the area to ensure compliance.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (1)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up