Kealakekua Bay visitors must have permits
KAILUA, KONA, Hawaii ó The state plans to protect corals and historical sites at Kealakekua Bay State Historic Park by requiring park visitors to obtain permits.
Starting Feb. 23, permits will be required for those seeking to land kayaks and other vessels along the Kaawaloa shoreline or moor at the wharf next to the Captain Cook Monument.
People commonly land vessels at Kaawaloa to get to the monument and to go snorkeling at Kaawaloa Cove.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday itís informing kayak rental vendors about the new permit requirement. Itís also asking the companies to tell their customers.
Department spokeswoman Deborah Ward says the agency is encouraging visitors to enjoy the park responsibly.