Law enforcement broke up a large beach party of approximately 200 people accused of violating emergency rules at Kaena Point State Park on Oahu’s North Shore late Sunday.
Honolulu police and state conservation enforcement officers responded to the park at about 10:30 p.m. where they observed more than 170 parked cars in the area. Law enforcement then spent about 4 1/2 hours ordering partygoers on the Mokuleia section of the park “to clean up their messes and leave the area.”
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said most people complied and no citations were issued. A state parks employee assessed the park this morning and reported the area was “spotless.”
Large gatherings illegally held at Kaena Point State Park Friday and Saturday nights, however, resulted in trash on the grounds as well as pallets left behind.
Conservation enforcement officers removed trash that included beer bottles, plastic bottles, aluminum cans as well as pallets used to fuel bon fires.
The state reminded the public that open fires at Hawaii’s beaches are illegal.
Invitations to the beach parties circulated on social media over the weekend.
DLNR also reported the Keawaula and Makua sections of Kaena Point State Park were also packed with beachgoers.
In a statement today, DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “This is exactly the kind of bad and selfish behavior we’ve all been asked repeatedly not to engage in during this emergency.”