Hawaii is an incredibly beautiful place. Many people from all over the world come to visit this island paradise, and striking a balance between healthy business practices and sustainable tourism is a challenge that can be tricky. In Kailua, There are a number of offshore islands that need careful regulation. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is charged with all conservation and restoration efforts in the bay, and until recently struggled with finding the funds to be effective.
The permit system for the offshore islands in Kailua Bay was a perfect solution. Using the permit system, the DLNR was able to monitor and control the number of people visiting the islands and also generate revenue. Any shop renting watersports gear (kayaks, stand up paddleboards, etc.) for use in Kailua Bay must be permitted by the DLNR. Any kayaks or stand up paddle boards that land on the two approved islands (Moku Nui, the larger of the two Mokulua Islands, and Popoi’a, Flat Island) must have a permit attached to the craft. Permits are available at any approved rental shop at the rate of $3 per person. The closest rental shop to Kailua Beach is Kailua Beach Adventures, and they offer guided tours to both islands and Stand Up Paddle Lessons. There are only a few shops in Kailua that have been issued permits. Don’t make the mistake of renting from a non-certified shop and miss out on visiting the amazing islands in Kailua Bay.