Maui Coronavirus Updates

Boating Rules Relaxed and Commercial Water Sports Allowed To Reopen

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Snorkel/Dive tours of Molokini Crater. Photo courtesy: Hawai’i DLNR.

Department of Land and Natural Resources:

Boating Rules Relaxed & Commercial Water Sports Allowed To Reopen

Effective immediately, emergency restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and recreational boating and ocean recreation are being relaxed statewide. Commercial and recreational boating can now include up to ten people on a vessel at one time, operating under new COVID-19 “Act With Care” guidelines. This includes passengers and crew and applies to all recreational and commercial vessels. It applies in all four Hawai‘i counties. The ten-person limitation can be exceeded if everyone is from the same household.


Commercial watersports operators, like surf schools and kayak rental companies, can also resume operations with the same restrictions – a limit of 10 people including crew or staff.

Boating and Ocean Recreation COVID-19 guidelines are based on Dept. of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as input from boaters in Hawai‘i and in coordination with the counties. These guidelines remain in effect and call for physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing of masks, when practical.

Commercial Boating and Watersports Operation Restrictions:


Boating Administrative, Harbor & District Offices Reopen Thursday

Offices of the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation across the state will reopen for transactions tomorrow. All patrons will be required to abide by now

common health protections. This includes asking whether someone is sick prior to entering an office and only allowing one customer in at one time.  Face masks are required. Maintenance of


six-foot social distancing will be in place as practical and hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes will be available.  Further protective steps include the installation of barriers to separate staff from visitors, frequent hand washing and frequent disinfection of high use areas.

Online boating and ocean recreation transactions:

Lana’i Mouflon Sheep Lottery Cancelled

The 2020 hunting lottery for mouflon sheep on the island of Lānaʻi has been cancelled by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). The usual season will be modified in order to create a combined season for both mouflon sheep and axis deer. Details regarding this modified season will be announced in the coming weeks based on regulation of interisland travel and considerations regarding COVID-19. Commencement of the hunt is contingent upon the lifting of travel restrictions, adherence to social distancing guidelines, the health and safety of both DLNR staff and support from Pulama Lānaʻi and the Lānaʻi community. Hunters should remain informed of the changing status of the COVID-19 emergency, as changes may result in the postponement, reassignment, or cancellation of scheduled hunts. For complete information:


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