Lahaina Yacht Club to community: 'Floatilla' event wasn't our idea

Lahaina Yacht Club to community: 'Floatilla' event wasn't our idea
(Image: Ricky Murray/Facebook)
(Image: Ricky Murray/Facebook)

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Janelle Guerrero-Miguel

Lahaina Yacht Club has a message to the community: We've got nothing to do with an upcoming "floatilla" event.

The unsanctioned party off the yacht club, organized by one of its members, is set for Sunday.

Social media posts -- since removed -- invited people to bring their floats and congregate offshore.

Jeff Kaiser, commodore of the Lahaina Yacht Club, said the organization "didn't endorse" the party -- and doesn't want it to happen.

"It's not a part of our program of operations," he said.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has said officers will be monitoring the event to ensure people aren't drinking in the water. Meanwhile, others were quick to condemn the event, fearing it would be similar to a recent Waikiki "floatilla" event that left Waikiki trashed.

Kaiser said he's concerned about rubbish and crowd control for Sunday's event.

The state did say a permit is needed for floatilla events. The Lahaina event organizer didn't get one.

Kaiser said while the event was organized by a member of the yacht club, "we had no knowledge of it until it was posted onto the social media."

The individual was asked to remove the Facebook posts and to announce its cancellation. While the posts were removed, it's uncertain if the event was officially cancelled.

The event organizer could be facing suspension or termination as a Lahaina Yacht Club member, Kaiser said.

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