The sport of kiteboarding evolved on Maui, Hawaii. with many of the sport’s innovators and pioneers based there. Maui has become the focus of the new sport that has grown into an international industry and worldwide phenomenon.
See the Video that explains the evolution of a new sport. Produced by Red Bull, Josh kendrick and Dan Connely.
Who’d have thought a conference based at the beach in Maui would attract some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs, executives and investors? Well, of course their love for kiteboarding would explain it. But don’t let the sand in their hair and the waves at their feet fool you. They’re not your average beach bums. Read more..
COUNTY REGULATES KITE INSTRUCTION
All Kitebording instruction on Maui is regulated by the Maui County Parks Dept. Only Permitted schools are allowed to teach Kiteboarding. Schools must apply for permits through a strict process that ensures legitimate credentials, insurance and liability coverage, and must adhere to specific rules of operation. All Permitted Kiteboarding Schools must display their County permit prominently in their vehicle. Illegal instructors/lessons are a problem for the County as they put at risk public safety and increase liability. Illegal operators jeopardize all kiteboarding access on Maui. You can report any illegal kiteboarding instructors to the Maui County Parks Dept or the Park Rangers.
Maui County has new plans to renovate Kanaha Beach Park that will close 4 of the main parking areas and access points closest to the beach, at the western end of Kanaha. This affects all beach users including fishermen, windsurfers, beachgoers, kitesurfers, and more. Plans include closing Ka’a Point, The keyhole, the large dirt parking area, and the parking area next to the waterplant’s seawall. We do not want to lose our parking or our access to the beach. During the planning process, the community, including many kiteboarders made suggestions and gave input. Unfortunately our suggestions to improve the area have been completely ignored.
Current Plan removes existing parking, cuts off near shore access, and puts remaining parking far away from the water’s edge. Proposed parking is way too small for the current number of users, let alone the increasing number of beach users. If you do not want to lose your current beach access and parking areas, then Sign this petition and ask your friends to do the same.
Please help our voices be heard in Kanaha parks planning by emailing or calling our Mayor, Parks Director and Park Planners and tell them why closing the current parking areas and eliminating the access points will unfairly affect all beach users at Western Kanaha.
Mayor Alan Arakawa firstname.lastname@example.org phone: Ph: (808) 270-7855
Maui County Parks Director, Kaala Buenconsejo email@example.com. us 808-270-7230
Planning Consultants Hawaii, John Summers 808-268-4059 firstname.lastname@example.org
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State Laws make it illegal for any one to do commercial activity on State beaches or land without a permit. There are are NO permitted Kiteboardng Activities on any State beach. So if you see someone teaching kitboarding on a State beach report them to DLNR.
Ka’a Point – Swim Zone
Please do not kite close to Swimmers at Ka’a Point. There is also a designated swim zone outside the rock pool marked by buoys. Never kite over the heads of bystanders or swimmers. If it is crowded, please launch somewhere else. This issue may ultimately cause the closure of this beach to kiteboarders.