Presidential preparations underway on Oahu

Presidential preparations underway on Oahu
Published: Dec. 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tia Baskerville took a moment to survey the massive ballroom in the Moana Surfrider.

The CBS News Producer is in charge of the network pool during President Obama's vacation.

"Running the pool is a large job" she said.  "What we do is we service the networks.  If the President needs to go on the air and make a statement about something going on, we would be responsible for filming that".

Long rows of tables and chairs filled the majority of the room.  In one corner, crates of electronic equipment for television recording, playback, satellite transmission and more filled the area.  A podium for debriefs had been erected adjacent.

"The press secretaries will come here if the need to hold a daily briefing" she said.

The roadways were just as busy, as the Honolulu Police Department had their final round of escort training.

In Kailua, guard posts had been put up, while no parking signs filled the streets near the President's vacation home.

On the banks of the Kawainui canal, inflatable military dinghies sat at the ready.

There are lengthy restrictions in place for the duration of the vacation.

The Coast Guard says it will enforce a temporary security zone in Kailua Bay waters on Friday.

According to officials, the security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of President Barack Obama and his official party.

The security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014, unless canceled earlier by the Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Shannon Gilreath.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies on patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop. The zone also includes the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.

A marker will be placed on Kailua Beach, a yellow buoy will be placed on the water and an orange boom will be placed in the canal for visual references of the zone.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 165.33), the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone.  Any person entering the zone without the permission of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a penalty of not more than $40,000 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 10 years.

To view the full "Notice of Security Zone," please visit

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