200-39  Kaneohe Bay ocean use activities; permits; restrictions.  (a)  For the purposes of this section, “ocean use activities” means commercial operation of thrill craft, high speed boating, parasailing, water sledding, sailing and snorkeling tours, glassbottom boat tours, or any other similar commercial ocean recreation activity for hire.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-39

  • Commercial high speed boating: means the use of an open power boat to provide high speed rides to passengers who pay compensation for the rides. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Department: means the department of land and natural resources. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-1
  • Length: means the measurement of a vessel from end to end over the deck. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Operate: means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel on or in the waters of the State. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Parasailing: means the activity in which an individual is transported or carried aloft by a parachute, sail, or other material attached to a towline which is towed by a vessel. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Person: means an individual, partnership, firm, corporation, association, or other legal entity. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Thrill craft: means any motorized vessel that falls into the category of personal watercraft, and which:

         (1)  Is generally less than thirteen feet in length as manufactured;

         (2)  Is generally capable of exceeding a speed of twenty miles per hour;

         (3)  Can be operated by a single operator, but may have the capacity to carry passengers while in operation; or

         (4)  Is designed to provide similar operating performance as a personal watercraft through a combination of small size, power plant, and hull design. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23

  • Vessel: means all description of watercraft, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on or in the water, except a seaplane. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23
  • Water sledding: means the activity in which an individual is transported or carried over the surface of the water on an apparatus that is more than twelve inches wide and is attached to a towline which is towed by a vessel. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 200-23

     (b)  Any other provision of this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, no person shall operate thrill craft, parasailing, water sledding, or commercial high speed boating unless the person meets the requirements of section 200-37 and all rules adopted by the department that regulate or restrict these activities.

     (c)  Permits issued by the department for the commercial operation of ocean use activities in Kaneohe Bay shall be limited to the number and locations, by permit type and vessel and passenger capacity, provided in the Kaneohe Bay master plan developed pursuant to Act 208, Session Laws of Hawaii 1990, until applicable rules consistent with the master plan are adopted by the department; provided that the passenger capacity for snorkeling tours and glassbottom boat tours shall be set through rules adopted pursuant to chapter 91.  No thrill craft permit may be transferred after June 21, 1998; provided that transfers of permits may be made at any time between family members.

     (d)  On Sundays and federal holidays, all commercial ocean use activities shall be prohibited.

     (e)  All rules adopted by the department with regard to Kaneohe Bay shall be drafted in consultation with the Kaneohe Bay regional council.  For those provisions of the Kaneohe Bay master plan previously adopted by the legislature, the rules adopted by the department shall be in accordance with those provisions.  Notwithstanding subsection (c) to the contrary, if the department determines for safety or environmental protection reasons that a permitted use should be relocated, the department may relocate the permitted use and the department shall have discretion to permit vessel substitution with a similar length vessel; provided that the increase is not greater than ten per cent of the current vessel length.

     For those provisions of the Kaneohe Bay master plan developed pursuant to Act 208, Session Laws of Hawaii 1990, not previously adopted by the legislature, the master plan shall be used as the recommended guideline in the adoption and implementation of rules with regard to the regulation of all activities in Kaneohe Bay.