How APEC will affect Oahu surf spots

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Surfers were concerned that Waikiki beaches would be closed for next month's APEC conference.

However, the city has announced only a part of Waikiki beach will be closed for only one day. Honolulu City Councilmember Tulsi Gabbard, says the beach fronting the Hilton will be closed starting at 11 p.m. on November 11 through November 12.

"The APEC summit is one of the most important meetings that Hawaii will host and the US Coast Guard and US Secret Service are doing their very best to cause as little disruption as possible for our residents and visitors, while simultaneously ensuring the safety of those attending the conference," says Gabbard.

Originally Number Threes and Paradise (surf spots) were to be closed to surfers on November 12. However, they will remain open to swimmers and surfers--vessels are restricted.

Ko'olina Resort will be closed to the public from 11 p.m. on November 12 to 11 p.m. on November 13.

"This all important week benefits all of us, so we thank everyone for their patience and cooperation to ensure a positive outcome," says Gabbard.

Next month President Barack Obama will arrive in the islands along with 20,000 visitors and twenty-one Pacific Rim leaders. All to set the future direction of the APEC organization and the pursue important trade and foreign policy goals.

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