Kohanaiki Beach Park (Kona) was closed after a small boat had run aground on Friday, due to hazardous conditions with debris and leaking fuel. On Sunday, when this video was taken, everyone was back in the water but the boat was still stuck.
Posted by Big Island Video News on Monday, January 25, 2016
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – The Department of Land and Natural Resources has cited the owner of the “Hoku Kea” powerboat that ran aground Friday evening off Kohanaiki Beach Park. The popular Kona beach park was closed on Saturday due to hazardous conditions with debris and leaking fuel.
When the above video was taken on Sunday, everyone was back in the water but the boat was still stuck.
DLNR issued this media release on Monday, and is still asking swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water:
Salvage operations are expected to begin this week to remove a 39’ Coast-Guard documented powerboat “Hoku Kea,” which ran aground Friday evening off Kohanaiki beach, west Hawaii.
Hawaii County closed Kohanaiki Beach Park pending removal of the boat and hazmat. Fuel leaked from the boat onto the immediate area of the beach, and debris from the boat was also found in the area.
The “Hoku Kea” is owned by Hoku Boats LLC. The owner had pollution insurance which hired PENCO to remove 400 gallons of diesel, a few quarts of oil and seven batteries on Sunday morning. They have also signed a contract with Cates International which will be on site tomorrow morning to begin the salvage removal process.
The vessel owner was cited by DLNR for operating a vessel without a valid boating safety certificate required by state boating rules.
Swimmers and surfers are being asked to stay out of the water until authorities can clean up the fuel spill and remove the boat and debris from the area.