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Lingle order establishes surfing reserves on Oahu

Sen. Fred Hemmings Sen. Fred Hemmings

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Linda Lingle has issued an executive order to establish surfing reserves on two of Hawaii's most famous surf areas. The governor's order acknowledges the Duke Kahanamoku surfing reserve in Waikiki and the North Shore surfing reserve as important in the world of surfing.

The order doesn't provide any money for the surf spots, and doesn't change any enforcement or other rules.

"So it does what Senator Hemmings was trying to achieve, which is officially designate these two areas as recognized surfing reserves in the state of Hawaii to be known worldwide to be known as surfing reserves" said Lingle.

"At this point I do not need an explanation. I think I understand it was the combination of misinformation and politics. I have had a long talk with Calvin Say on it, even though I don't agree with what happened I understand his point of view, though I don't agree with it" said Hemmings.

Republican State Senator Fred Hemmings, a former world surfing champion, sponsored the measure. Lawmakers killed it on the last day of the legislative session. Wednesday's move is a symbolic gesture of support for Hemmings, who is retiring.

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