DLNR warns against promoting illegal gatherings on social media


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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The State Department of Lands and Natural Resources is warning the public not to attend illegal gatherings that are promoted on social media.

DOCARE said it was monitoring posts that indicate large gatherings on the scenic coastline of Kaiwi state on the eve of Halloween.

This is roughly in the same area that the DLNR interrupted a massive rally of more than 300 people on the beach in August. Authorities only named four people in this incident.

Officials said several large gatherings were being announced with organizers offering alcohol sales as well as musical DJ performances.

“We want to remind anyone considering attending these illegal gatherings that they are against state park rules and current COVID-19 emergency rules and orders. Don’t go there, ”DOCARE chief Jason Redulla said.

“DOCARE agents will monitor the area to enforce the law and prevent these parties from happening. “

In recent months, the state has dismantled several parties in Kaiwi, which were reportedly promoted and attended by students from various local universities.

Officials reminded the public that the following rules are still in effect:

  • Gathering in groups of 25 or more is prohibited by COVID emergency rules as well as state park rules
  • Entry into a state park after closure without a permit is prohibited
  • Possession of alcohol in a state park, without a permit issued by the Board of Land and Natural Resources, is not permitted
  • All commercial activity in a state park is prohibited without an appropriate permit

The state warned that it is also prohibited to use audio devices to create excessive noise or to operate generators and motorized equipment without a license.

Officials said violators could be subject to citations, fines, arrest and seizure of any equipment or objects used to commit offenses.

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Sara H. Byrd

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