New buoys installed at Ala Moana for paddleboarders

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: Jul 11 2014 05:34:59 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 11 2014 05:39:26 PM HST

The stand up paddleboard lane at Ala Moana Regional Park is once again taking shape.

HONOLULU -

State crews were out in waters at Ala Moana Regional Park on Friday installing new buoys that separate swimmers from stand up paddleboarders.

The original buoys were installed four years ago and some had become saturated with water and failed.  Another one is missing.

The new ones are mooring buoys designed to be more resistant to water infiltration and built to last.

Click here to see video of the buoys being installed.

"They're actually a little bigger, a little bit more sturdy.  People won't be able to hang onto it.  We had some issues with some people hanging onto the buoys," said Meghan Statts with the Department of Land and Natural Resources Boating and Ocean Recreation Division.

DLNR first installed the buoys to separate swimmers and paddlers as stand up paddleboarding gained in popularity.

The department says altercations between the two groups dropped sharply after the buoys were installed.

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