Controversial changes may be coming to beach businessesUPDATED 7:06 PM HST Apr 05, 2014Video Transcript
run could be changing soon. The state may regulate commercial use of its waters--ending a decades long beachboys tradition. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. 19-24 56-1.00 Virgil Sisiam's been watching out for this Waikiki stretch of beach since he was 14 years old... With decades on the water, he's a canoe captain.. surf instructor -- and a member of the beach boys board committee. 2911 TO ME I THINK IT SHOULD BE SPECIAL OUT HERE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD EARN THE RIGHT TO BE OUT IN THE WATER 15 2735 WE GOTTA TAKE CPR SENIOR LIFE SAVINGS AND PROVE TO BEACH BOYS THAT WE CAN BE OUT HERE AND DOING THIS ON A DAILY BASIS 45 But change is on the horizon. Right now, the Department of Land and Natural Resources oversee the beach boy's committee - they in turn decide who can become surf instructors and canoe captains, the people in charge of the activities along the Waikiki shore. It's a practice that been in place for years. Now the DLNR wants to end testing requirements for surf instructors and canoe captains - transferring that responsibility to the private sector. 942 IN ORDER TO HAVE AN EQUITABLE PROCESS STATEWIDE NOT JUST WITH THE BEACH BOYS BUT WITH SURF SCHOOLS AND OCEAN ACTIVITIES THAT ARE OCCURING EVERYWHERE ACROSS THE STATE WE FIGURED THAT IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE FOR THE DIVISIONS TO PASS RULES THAT PLACE THE RESPONSIBLE ON THE BUSINESS OWNER10 The business owner would need to have insurance.. and properly trained staff. But some beachboys are worried the training between the different businesses will be too varied - often they are the first ones on scene when something goes wrong--having unqualified watermen could be dangerous. 2747 IF YOU GET PEOPLE UNQUALIFIED AND SOMETHING HAPPENS AND YOUR ARE ON A 8 FOOT BOARD THEN IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE IT SAFE OUT THERE 07 The dlnr also wants to require a commercial use permit for activities in state waters, that would mean new fees. "1126 THIS NEW PERMIT WOULD CREATE A CATCH ALL OCEAN ACTIVITY COMMERCIAL PERMIT AND RIGHT NOW ITS 200 DOLLARS OR 10 PERCENT OF THE GROSS 38 The DlNR says it'll needs those funds to hire people to educate and enforce the rules. THE DLNR WILL WAIT FOR PUBLIC TESTIMONY TO COME IN FOR A WEEK. IT CAN BE DECIDE TO MAKE CHANGES. REPORTING AT WAIKIKI BEACH NANA OHKAWA KITV4 NEWS.