Paul Sensano of the DLNR brought in samples of the kinds of buoys that are their top choices for marking swim zones, a cap buoy and a can buoy
The second working group meeting was held on Monday, April 28. We were asked to come prepared to talk about our user group’s “issues, needs, concerns, and goals”. Here’s what I had for windsurfing.
How to educate both resident and visiting users about rules
- Ability to drift downwind near shore, for learning and self-rescue
- Ability to walk gear upwind along shore
- Beginner’s area sheltered from high wind and surf
- HAR swim zone A would eliminate the protected area for beginners
- HAR swim zone B would remove a large portion of the area used by windsurfers
- Combined, old swim zones A & B would remove 50-70% of the area currently used by windsurfers
- Continue to provide access to family- and beginner-friendly windsurfing areas
- Ensure safety for all users
- Communicate rules and guidelines for safety and respect
- A plan that is flexible/nimble enough to accommodate short-term events such as tsunamis and flooding, and long-term changes such as new sports
We divided into two “focus groups” for discussion, where individuals had a chance to talk about their user group’s concerns and ideas. It also provided opportunities for different user groups to understand each other better.
Support seemed to be emerging for making the swim zone outer boundaries closer to shore, like they are now. Most people seemed to think the goal of the swim zones is to provide safe areas for families and children to enjoy the water. It’s easier for DLNR to enforce zones if the boundaries have natural landmarks, like jetties, easier for lifeguards to enforce, and easier for users to recognize.
Some concerns about windsurfing and kiting, voiced by other users, were
- Native plantings being trampled or cut down
- Kiters jumping over canoes and divers
- Keeping a safe distance from divers and fishers
- Water getting crowded with kiters and kite lines tangling
- Fishers like to cast from points; windsurfers, kiters, and canoes have a hard time seeing the lines and poles
Here are PDFs of the meeting notes and participant ground rules that were sent out.
Summary of Meeting #2
Ground Rules Established for Kanaha Beach Recreational Area Focus Group
The meeting facilitator also sent these instructions for our next meeting: “At the conclusion of the last meeting, we asked that you embrace the challenge of thinking of a way to improve the beach for a different group, instead of your own groups agenda and needs. We will base our discussion on this frame of reference and continue to address concerns and needs as we start to move towards the final discussion about solutions and generating recommendations for the DOCARE Chair.”
How can we address other users’ concerns? What ideas do you have to “improve the beach for a different group”?
(Meeting date has passed and input form has been removed)
These comments came in before the meeting, responding to the question in my last post asking what you see as “issues, needs, concerns, goals”. Thank you for taking time to comment!
Kiters need to stay at least 200 feet from canoes & divers. If their line drops across our necks, they can kill us due to the weight of the canoe and speed of the kiter.
Kiters should not be inside the reef from the lifeguard stand through Stable road papa. Kiters who are launching from Sprecks are endangering windsurfers, canoes and paddlers and making for fights.
Windsurf instructors should educate their students that they should look first to see if a canoe or diver’s path will intersect theirs and either delay their launch or change course so as not to run over/into them. Neither canoes nor divers can manover quickly to get out of the way, so it is up to the windsurfer or kiter to avoid them.
All groups should ask paddlers for help (while still calling 911) if they get into trouble because if we are out there, we may be quickest to get to you safely.
~ Karen C, paddling & fishing
If they are adding a new swim area near the lifeguard tower, why cant they remove one of the existing swim areas? Why not remove the one at the cove since its never used at all by swimmers and is really really far from any kind of life guard supervision? A swim zone infers that its being managed; that area is not being managed at all. If a swimmer were to drown in a county swim zone, the county is probably going to be liable. I doubt they are going to start posting a lifeguard at the cove. I would suggest they remove that swim zone. And keep the A (kite beach), B (canoe beach), and C (windsurf beach).
~ Marc L, Windsurfing, Surfing, Paddling, Snorkling
Lowers Kanaha has a swim line providing swimmers with a safe place to swim. The local windsurfers police the zone informing visitors about the safety measures in place. Facebook has a group site called Friends of Kanaha that promotes “Peace and Pono @ Kanaha Beach Park”. Hundreds of locals and visitors visit this site. Please accept the new proposed swim zone map
~ Margie L, windsurfing, surfing