05-08-2008, 01:58 PM #1
Kanalu-K38/AWA attend DLNR Public Meeting on Jet Ski Use around Molokai HI
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Public Meeting on Jet Ski Use around Molokai, Hawai'i
Tom Pohaku Stone and Darrick Doerner representing Kanalu K38 and the American Watercraft Association H2O Responders (AWA), have left the island of Oahu this morning at 7:30am to transit across the channel to Kaunakakai Harbor to attend the DLNR meeting. Preparations began two days ago when the notice was issued for the public meeting regarding personal watercraft.
Many people are not able on such a short notice to attend due to work schedule and financial demands. 'We recognize it is important for us to step forward to listen to the community concerns and the DLNR response as representatives of the future of personal watercraft access related issues', states Tom. Both Tom and Darrick are carrying emergency equipment, communications and are familiar with the transit, which will be approximately 80 miles round trip from Kaneohe Bay.
The meeting is being held from between 2-3 PM, it appears a petition has been circulated on Molokai to support the legalization of PWC riding. The meeting is designed to hear directly from residents regarding concerns about PWC use in their waters, and those who own or operate PWC. It is a beginning of a process of fact finding and administration concerns.
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05-08-2008, 02:32 PM #2
Read Tom Pohaku Stone's rebuttal to this article below. It is important to correct newsworthy items if need be. Use current facts, links and resources to verify the content.
Jet Ski Public Meeting
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DLNR TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON JET SKI USE AROUND MOLOKAIHONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold an informal public meeting on Molokai on Thursday, May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center conference room to hear from community members regarding the use of jet skis (also known as personal watercraft or PWCs) around Molokai.
“We understand a petition is being circulated on Molokai to demonstrate public support for legalizing jet ski riding,” said Thielen. “The purpose of this public meeting is to hear directly from residents regarding concerns or questions they might have about the use of jet skis in Molokai waters.”
Residents can also provide comments in writing to the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, or at subsequent meetings.
Commercial or recreational use of controlled ocean sports equipment, such as jet skis, is currently prohibited around the islands of Molokai and Lana‘i.
“In recent months we have received complaints from island residents about noise and disturbance to reef animals from an increase in illegal jet ski riding in nearshore waters of Molokai,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson. “After our enforcement division officers followed up on these reported cases, we saw a decrease in jet ski use.”
A similar public meeting will be planned for Lana‘i in the near future.
Legalizing jet ski riding would require a change to the administrative rules of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. The process would involve public hearings on a draft rule change, approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources, review by the Small Business Regulatory Review Board and Department of the Attorney General, and final signature by the Governor, before the new rules can take effect.
In addition, Hawai‘i Administrative Rule Chapter 13-256-16 requires all personal watercraft operators to be certified in the safe use of their watercraft, by completing a class offered through the University of Hawai‘i Community College System.
Under its administrative rules, thrill craft operations may be curtailed in certain designated areas as necessary, to avoid possible adverse impacts on humpback whales or other protected marine life; provide for increased public access; reduce user conflicts; and promote overall public safety.
Any person requiring accommodations for special needs (i.e. sign language interpreter, large print documents, etc.) may contact harbormaster Bernard Strehler at Kaunakakai Harbor (80 553-1742 to make arrangements for assistance.
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Incorrect HRS information
Submitted by pohaku on Thu, 2008-05-08 04:19.
I would like to just make a corretion to the information provided regarding 13-256-16 (d). It does not say you have to complete a PWC course through the University of Hawaii Community Colleges; it is through an institution of higher education and that reciprocity (recognition) of PWC certification may be through a NASBLA recognized course from another state that also includes Hawaii itself. Below is the actually law:
(d) Effective January 2005, all recreational thrill craft operators shall be required to possess, and make available upon demand of enforcement personnel, a certificate of completion from an accredited institution of higher education on the safe use and operation of a thrill craft. The State may recognize reciprocity with other states, i.e., the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved portion of the personal water craft course; however, all operators shall be required to complete the portions of a certificate course for Hawaii that includes, but is not limited to: (1) Local ocean safety principles and practices; (2) The historical, cultural, and customary practices of Hawaii?s ocean users; and (3) Any rules or laws pertaining to protected species and thrill craft operation in the State.
05-08-2008, 03:27 PM #3
Lava Sledding Erupts Again
A modern speed demon breathes new life into an ancient Hawaiian sport
By Mark Anders
CARRY A BIG STICK: Stone, with a he'e holua sled, in Keauhou, Hawaii (Dana Edmunds)
FOR A 2,000-YEAR-OLD pastime, he'e holua, or Hawaiian sledding, looks a lot like the latest X Games stunt. "We've gotten up to 50 miles per hour," says Tom "Pohaku" Stone, 52, a cultural-studies lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an expert sledder. "At that speed, it's pretty horrendous if you eat it."
Stone should know. In 2001, he tore an 18-inch gash in his left thigh when he ran over a buried fence post on a hill above Hana, Maui. A native Hawaiian raised on the Big Island, Stone grew up surfing North Shore waves and listening to his grandfather recount legends of Hawaiians riding mountainsides on wooden sleds. As he freely admits, he spent his teens and twenties on the wrong kind of wild ride: using and dealing cocaine, and serving time in jail for burglary and attempted murder, before cleaning up for good in 1978. In 1994, Stone started researching the techniques and origins of he'e holua for a class at a community college, and later went on to write a master's thesis on the tradition. He's since taught some 250 people to ride, as well as to craft the 50-pound, 12-foot-long sleds—whose main feature is a pair of 12-foot-long runners made of Hawaiian hardwoods like ohia.
Like his ancestors, Stone rips face first down grassy slopes or tracks built with rock foundations and covered with soil, grass, and leaves. He's restored one 700-foot relic run and uncovered more than 50, including a monster on the western shore of Hawaii that was once 60 feet wide and 5,200 feet long.
"Getting in touch with your history by dropping off a mountain—that's a rush," says Clifford "Pake" Ah Mow, 38, a Waikiki-based lifeguard and one of dozens of former Stone pupils who regularly sled the pastures above Hilo. "You hang on, and once you start you can't stop."
To attract more people to the sport, Stone is negotiating with the Hawaiian Longboard Federation and energy-drink maker Red Bull to secure sponsorship for a traditional contest that pits a sledder against a surfer. As a large wave approaches the shore, the two take off in a race for the beach. "It will be just as it once was," says Stone. "Surfing a big wave and riding a big mountain, together as one act of extremes."
05-08-2008, 03:29 PM #4
Background info on Darrick Doerner:
Although the North Shore is known for big waves, there are a variety of surf spots that cater to different levels of surfing. We will only take you out in conditions you can handle that are fun and challenging for you. With his background, there isn't a better person than Darrick to be your surf guide on the North Shore.
Also known as Double D, Darrick Doerner's initials 'D.D.' not only stand for his name, but think 'Designated Driver'. He is probably the best in the business when it comes to towing a surfer into waves. In many cases, it is a matter of life or death. A great surfer and all around waterman, Darrick's resumé reads like an encyclopedia of surfing. Growing up surfing Malibu in the late 60's and early 70's, he then moved to the Big Island of Hawaii for his senior year of high school. The moment he finished school, the move was obvious, the North Shore of Oahu. Cutting his teeth and honing his skills in the center of the surfing world, his next step was to become a lifeguard. From 1975-1996 he worked with Hawaii's greatest watermen, including Eddie Aikau, Mark Cunningham, Terry Ahue and Brian Keaulana, and learned from other legends such as Peter Cole, Greg Noll, Dick Brewer, Reno Abellira, James Jones, Owl Chapman, Sam Hawk, Tiger Espere and Michael Ho. His 20+ years working the North Shore has taught him water safety and given him some of the most important skills to negotiate big water safely. He has set the basic protocol for dealing with a wipeout and the inevitable rescue in waves this large. This is why Double D is the preferred driver/partner of Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton.
In 1996, Darrick left lifeguarding to become an ambassador to surfing. He worked with an apparel company and traveled around the world to teach surfing and to share his knowledge with others. Around that time, a group of friends and DD took their surfing to the next level, having already mastered small waves and heavy water. With the creation of tow-in surfing, the Strapped crew together facilitated a quantum leap in surfing, one of the biggest jumps in the history of the sport.
Some of Double D's other credentials include:
• Worked with the Hawaiian Water Patrol from 1978-2004, which was in charge of water safety for all North Shore surfing contests. Their role was to ensure the safety of all professional surfers in the treacherous waters of Hawaii. Darrick's water patrol work for films and TV shows include Big Wednesday, Baywatch, ER, The Big Bounce.
• Stunt double and surf coach for Patrick Swayze in Point Break (1991). Final "Bells Beach 100 Year Storm" surfing and wipe-out scene shot at Waimea Bay.
• Stunt double for James Bond in Die Another Day (2002). Opening segment shot at Peahi, Maui with Dave Kalama, Laird Hamilton and cinematographer Don King.
• Filmography - Wake-Up Call (1996), Radical Attitude (1999), Endless Summer 2 (1994), In God's Hands (199, Strapped (2002), Laird (2003), Step Into Liquid (2003), The Ride/The Day (2004 - Sundance Film Festival Film of the Year), Riding Giants (2004), All Aboard the Crazy Train (2006).
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