Kaisers Closed To Public For Security Reasons
Like Kelly said, “Why on earth is it necessary to block surfing/public beaches thru tax-payer dollars to hold a conference in Waikiki?”
HONOLULU- Massive security plans for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit were released Thursday by the U.S. Secret Service.
Five separate security zones will be in place in areas directly offshore of Oahu. Most of the zones will be in place for about 24 hours, however, restricted areas around the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Honolulu International Airport will be up a bit longer.
The security zones with the greatest impact to residents and visitors appear to be the West Waikiki Zone, the Ala Wai Harbor Zone, and the Ko Olina Offshore Zone.
No boaters, swimmers or surfers will be allowed in the West Waikiki Zone from 11 p.m. Friday, November 11 until 11 p.m. Friday, November 12. The restricted area is drawn 1,500 yards directly offshore of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon and stretches until the Fort DeRussy Park boundary.
Kaisers, one of the most popular surf spots on the South Shore, will be off-limits. “Kaisers is the main bowl people will miss for sure,” said Steve Molnar, a surfer and store manager at Quiksilver Waikiki. “They’ll just come down here and then Ala Moana will be a real zoo.”
Other surfers say some people will undoubtedly try to get into the water if there’s a late season south swell on November 12. “They’ll probably try to go some of them, but for the most part they should just heed the warning and just go somewhere else,” said Mark Zuver, a surfer who lives aboard his sailboat at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.