The Newsletter of the Maui
"To promote safe and responsible kiteboarding and
protect the access of kiteboarders to public beaches and
OF THE TIMES 6/19/05 Maui kiteboarding has its share of restrictions. To
operate within the FAA guidelines and to compromise with other user groups there
has arisen the need for "Riding areas", and "No-fly Zones". When you see a sign
at a potential launch site, take the time to read it and heed the directives.
The governing bodies and the kiteboarding community have worked hard to create a
viable system that keeps our access open, and avoid a total ban on kiteboarding.
If you notice kiteboarders ignoring the posted rules, please take the time to
educate them, and draw their attention to the signs.
Most recent kite map.
SCHOOL MEETING 6/22/05 Maui Kiteboard Schools
are invited to attend, a Meeting for School owners will be held @ Starbucks Kahului Wednesday
6/22/05 5:30pm, to discuss School Issues.
KITE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT 6/11/05 Maui Kiteboard Schools
have an agreement to abide by certain self-regulation to minimize their impact
at the beach. The system has been in place for over 7 years and has worked
effectively. Among the rules are; No lessons on Sundays and six of the major
holidays. Newer kiteboard schools may be unclear on all of the rules of conduct.
Copies of the printed rules are available from Alan Cadiz. Self regulation is an
important part of the beach communities plan and needs to be respected equally
by all the schools for it to work. The county is currently formulating a new set
of administrative rules for beach use that will affect all watersports schools.
The kiteboarding schools will have to decide if they want to; keep to the
agreement of self regulation, change the existing agreement, or ask the County
to enforce the rules. Self-regulation has been accepted as a preferable
alternative to external regulation in the past, however if there are too many
liberties taken with the rules, it may now be prudent to allow the county to
regulate them. (N.B. The parks department have suggested that they want to
increase the penalty for non-compliance to a $1000. fine and 30 days Jail).
If you see a kite school teaching on Sunday please call
Dylan Grafmyer 276-4561.
ASSOCIATION CONFUSION? Maui has had
a complex history as the sport developed. There are three kiteboarding
associations that have evolved so far. The first Association, the MKA (Maui
Kiteboarding Association) was formed in 1998 by the community of Maui
kiteboarders concerned with potential conflicts with the FAA and other interests
that could restrict kiteboarding access to beaches. The MKA has continuously
represented the kiteboarding community and lobbied the county and FAA for
continued access and provided safety information and Maps of kiteboarding Zones.
The second association to form on Maui was the HKA (Hawaii Kiteboarding
Association, Maui Chapter) this group was linked to the OKA (Oahu Kiteboarding
Association). Formed in 2002, this group secured the FAA waiver that is
currently in use and took over the responsibility of distributing the Maps and
guidelines. As the requirements for for holding the waiver became more
complicated, there was a need for a new, legally incorporated association, to
take over the responsibilities for holding the waiver. The newly formed Maui
Kiteboarding Community (association) was created in 2005 as an independant legal
entity for the purpose for holding the FAA kiteboarding waiver. MAUI
KITEBOARDING ASSOCIATION contact Dave Dorn (808) 283-7913, HAWAII KITEBOARDING
ASSOCIATION (Maui Chapter) contact Martin Kirk (808) 873-0015, MAUI KITEBOARDING
COMMUNITY contact Joel Richman (808) 572-6293.
STAY CLEAR OF CANOES, May 2005. A recent incident occurred involving an outrigger
canoe full of kids and a kiteboarder. The kiteboarder came in to land at canoe
beach, just as a canoe full of children was launching. The kite luffed and
crashed over the canoe full of kids. Fortunately for all concerned there were no injuries, other than to our
reputation for safety. Please remember to always stay 200 feet away from all canoes. Canoes
have right of way, so it is the kiteboarders responsibility to get out of their
way. Also there is a canoe zone at the canoe beach which prevents launching
there is their are canoes using the beach for practice. Please see the Zone
maps. If we want to continue to use this beach, we have to give the canoes our
maximum care and respect.
KITEBOARDING THREATENED ON MAUI'S NORTH SHOREMKA reminds members
to encourage all north shore riders to stay out of Lower Kanaha above the
canoe hale, upper Kanaha, and do
not launch at Sprecks beach. Increasing violations of these "no fly" zones
are putting everyone's access at risk!.
TRAINING, March 2005
For all kiteboarders, Scheduled, March 2005, at Ka'a Point.
stipulation of the FAA kiteboarding Waiver is that an annual safety meeting be
held to inform the public and the FAA of the Safe kiteboarding practices of
HKA members. FAA officials, Lifeguards, and Kiteboarders are encouraged to
participate. Contact: Dylan Grafmyer 276-4561.
IKO COURSE, MAY 2005 IKO Instructor Trainer
Paul Franco ran an IKO Instructor Training Course, hosted by Action Sports Maui.
There were 11 candidates. Whom undertook the 40 hour training over 7days. Most
of the candidates were long time Kite beach riders and a few new faces. Although
some candidates took the course to get a better understanding of kiteboarding,
most of the graduates have already found part time work in one of the Maui based
kiteboarding schools. Two of the candidates were too young to get the
certification at the time of the course, but were allowed to do the training
(minimum age is 18). These young guys will no doubt be an asset to the
kiteboarding community and may one day be fully certified kiteboarding
instructors. IKO courses generally happen once a year. however they can be
organized on demand with a minimum of four candidates. People wanting to become
a certified IKO instructor should check out the IKO website to get the
requirements and other Info. http://www.ikorg.com
Excerpt from HKA email from Martin Kirk
May 27, 2004
Today, May 27, 2004 Air Traffic Control Tower
called HKA to report three kiteboarders riding at the end of the runway. Any
violation is not acceptable to FAA or HKA but this week is especially
sensitive due to the fact that the airport tower is going through FAA
evaluations. The tower staff was polite and professional as always but
spelled it out simply that we have to do a better job of educating the
visitors who are coming here and aren't aware of the restrictions,
especially in Spreckelsville. A comment was made about restricting kite
flying altogether to the Kanaha area or rescinding the waiver totally.
The job of enforcing the FAA waiver falls
squarely on Dylan Grafmyre, the HKA representative who now holds the FAA
waiver. This doesn't mean that Dylan should be the only one out there getting
riders out of the runway zone. We all have to be responsible because
ultimately we'll all be affected if the waiver is rescinded. Today for
example, Dylan was in a bad area of the island and didn't have cell reception
so the FAA contacted another HKA representative.
Riders in the area could have seen what was
going on, possibly, and could have responded rather than wait for Dylan or
another HKA representative to be contacted. We are all representatives of HKA
whether you're a member or not, if you indeed like to kiteoboard on Maui. So,
please do your part and educate yourselves, your friends, and the visitors
about the FAA guidelines. These guidelines are spelled out in the kiteboarding
area map/flyers and are in all the windsurfing and kiteboarding shops
Thanks for your assistance and efforts.
PASA is coming to Oahu, HI to hold a
PASA Kiteboarding Instructor Certification course (ICP) April 12 Ė 16,
Below is more information about the course:
Information on the PASA Level I Kiteboarding Instructors Certification
This 5 Day certification course is designed for kiteboarders desiring to
become Level 1 PASA certified kiteboarding instructors.
Prerequisites for this course are the ability to kite upwind, perform
advanced turns, maintain control in most wind conditions and perform
This course takes an instructor candidate through kite and instruction
theory, kite rigging and repair, a basic understanding of weather and itís
effects on kiting, school site evaluation, emergency recovery systems as
well as effective teaching and communication tools.
The mix of theory and hands on teaching gives the instructor candidate the
skills necessary to become a safe, competent and communicative
To receive your Level I PASA instructor certificate you must submit
current CPR, First Aid (Approved Courses available through Red Cross and
American Heart Assoc.) and Boat Safe (online at www.boatsafe.com)
The cost of the PASA ICP course is $500.00 / $300.00 for IKO certified
instructors (proof of certification required)
(This fee does not include CPR, First Aid or the annual PASA professional
To register for an ICP; instructor candidates have to first be or
become a current Professional member of PASA , the annual dues are
$150.00, more info at
Then - To sign up for an ICP go to
on the month of the desired ICP date, then hit "select" on the ICP you
would like to sign up for, then hit "sign up" to fill in the necessary
Donít hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Christopher E. Nygard
PASA Kiteboarding Division
HKA ANNOUNCEMENT 3/10/04 From
HKA email 3/10/04.
On Wednesday, March 10, HKA received a new
waiver from FAA. The waiver was issued to Dylan Grafmyre, as a representative
of HKA, and is authorized for all HKA members. All riders are encouraged to
join or rejoin HKA so that we can continue with established programs and
develop new programs in order to keep the waiver, which is good for 2 more
years. New brochures are almost done and new signs will need to be made to
comply with FAA waiver stipulations, so your financial contributions are
Thanks in advance for you help.
The MKA would like to thank
its financial members for their support. Click here for the "MKA Members
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