New rules for visitors to historic Kealakekua Bay will go into effect next week.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to institute a simple permit system for people seeking to land vessels along the Ka‘awaloa shoreline or to moor at the wharf adjacent to the Captain Cook Monument in the bay.
Through the new process, visitors will be informed about the area’s sensitive coral reefs, and will be given guidance on preserving the historic and cultural sites at the location.
The DLNR has conducted recent law enforcement actions at the bay in cooperation with Hawaii County Police to address illegal commercial rental of kayaks. Several illegal kayaks have been confiscated.
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