Labor day booze ban imposed at sandbar

Ahu O Laka, commonly known as the Kaneohe sandbar
Ahu O Laka, commonly known as the Kaneohe sandbar

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  The Department of Land and Natural Resources will once again enforce a safety zone around the Kaneohe sandbar during  the upcoming Admission Day holiday weekend.

The new emergency rule was put in place at the end of June and prohibits the possession and use of alcohol and drugs, and disorderly conduct on three-day weekends that include state holidays.  

"This new rule is helping protect our residents and families so they can peacefully enjoy this unique ocean location," said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR Chairperson. "People have told us they appreciated the safe family atmosphere at Ahu o Laka (Kaneohe sandbar) over the July 4 weekend," he said.

DLNR enforcement officers issued three citations to individuals for unauthorized possession of alcohol within the Ahu O Laka safety zone over the July 4 weekend.

The safety zone  includes:

--  a prohibition on the possession or consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances within the Ahu o Laka safety zone
--  a prohibition on entering or remaining in such area while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or drugs; and a prohibition of disorderly conduct.

The rule is a response to an increase in overcrowding and incidents involving alcohol and drugs at the sandbar over the past several years, particularly on holiday weekends.  The rule is in effect for 120 days while the Department prepares to begin a formal rule-making process with public input to establish permanent rules for Ahu o Laka.

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