Kailua Pier to Close Daily Starting Later This Week
* Updated July 26, 5:41 AM
Kailua Pier will temporarily close starting Wednesday, July 28, in an effort to reduce illegal conduct and restore the historic and cultural resource.
Closures will be scheduled daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. During that time, entering the pier will be prohibited. People violating the closure can be cited, fined, or arrested.
In April, the DNLR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) requested community comment after receiving a large number of complaints about conduct on the pier.
More than 90% of the comments supported the temporary measure as an effort to preserve the area for generations of residents and visitors.
Since May, DOBOR staff have made daily inspections and continued to assess comments and complaints. While less restrictive measures were considered, state officials say, there have been increasing complaints about vandalism and other illegal activity. This has led to repeated bathrooms closures during the day.
DOBOR management decided the temporary closure of the pier is in the best interests of both the resource and the preservation of State-owned amenities it provides for people.
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