By Maui Now Staff
The US Coast Guard will implement a temporary security zone at Kailua Bay on Oʻahu, from 6 a.m. on Friday, to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, to ensure the safety of President Barack Obama.
During a press briefing this week, Press Secretary Jay Carney said the First Family will depart the White House for Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, on Friday evening.
President Obama has with his family in a rented Kailua home during past holiday visits.
The Coast Guard enforcement is being conducted in coordination with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies, under the direction of the US Secret Service.
In the air, the Federal Aviation Administration has also announced temporary flight restrictions for VIP Movement in Kailua between 11:30 p.m. HST on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
The maritime security zone includes: a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop; and the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.
Visual references will include a marker will be placed on Kailua Beach, a yellow buoy on the water, and an orange boom in the canal.
Under the US Code of Federal Regulations, 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 up to $40,000 for each violation, or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of up to 10 years.