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Posted on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lingle's executive order establishes two surfing reserves in Hawaii

Advertiser Staff

Gov. Linda Lingle established surfing reserves by executive order today, resurrecting a measure killed by lawmakers in what could be a first.

The move was a symbolic gesture of support for retiring Republican state Sen. Fred Hemmings, whose bill establishing surfing reserves was "recommitted" in the last day of the legislative session in a move Republicans have taken offense to.

Political onlookers have said they couldn't recall a governor ever issuing an executive order to resurrect a bill killed by lawmakers.

The executive order sets up the reserves, which essentially highlight two surfing spots in Waikiki and the North Shore as important in the world of surfing.

The order doesn't have any appropriation, and doesn't change any enforcement or other rules.

"It's like declaring Diamond Head a national monument," said Hemmings, in a news conference today.