Test Period Extended for Ala Moana Paddleboard Corridor

December 6, 2010, 4:30 AM HST · Updated December 6, 7:17 AM
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Posted by Wendy Osher

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is extending the test period for the Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) corridor in the waters off Ala Moana Beach Park.  At the end of the six month extension, the department will determine whether the buoy system demarking a voluntary paddling zone should remain or be removed.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

Since its implementation in May, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has received a mix of comments from swimmers and paddlers alike.  While some argue that stand-up paddleboards should be banned from the area, others say the paddle zone is perfectly suited for the waterway.

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“In every popular recreational waterway there will be occasional overcrowding and close calls.  However, these types of incidents between swimmers and paddlers at Ala Moana seem to be on a downward trend,” said DOBOR administrator Ed Underwood.  “It appears that the installation of the SUP corridor may have accomplished the department’s goal of separating the two user groups without creating a set of rules that it could not enforce on a regular basis,” said Underwood.

The extended testing will allow the department to see if there are seasonal fluctuations in user conflicts.

*** If you enjoyed this post, you may also like our story on the state’s $16 million improvement project at Maalaea Harbor on Maui.

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