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Hawaii standup surfers stand up for right to surfUPDATED 9:49 PM HST Aug 21, 2014Video Transcript
As we reported FIRST on KITV4 news in July and at 6 last night, a local attorney wants to ban standup surfers from Ala Moana 18 hours per week. However a group of S-U-P riders say Timothy Mac Master's proposal shouldn't see the light of day. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has the latest developments... 07 54 118 128 A rising south swell and wave riders of all kinds are enjoying the sets out at Courts at Ala Moana. RICH STEVENSON: "THERE WAS A WHOLE BUNCH OF US OUT THERE STANDUPS, PRONES, KNEE BOARDERS, SHORT BOARDERS - ALL OUT THERE, HAVING A GOOD TIME." And that's why members of Hui O Hee Nalu, otherwise known as Da Hui, are throwing cold water on an attorney's proposal to ban standup surfers from Ala Moana surf breaks. Local attorney Timothy Mac Master says standup surfers have an unfair wave-catching advantage and create a safety hazard for traditional wave riders. He wants them barred from Magic Island to Kewalo Basin on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday's from 3 p-m to 9 p-m as part of a one year pilot project. RICH STEVENSON: "DON'T BE HIDING BEHIND THE SAFETY ISSUE IF YOU CAN'T CATCH WAVES, YOU KNOW? GET A BETTER BOARD, GET IN BETTER SHAPE, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? DON'T HIDE BEIND THE SAFETY ISSUE BECAUSE THERE'S RARELY ANY ACCIDENTS OUT HERE." GERALD AIKAU: "IT BASICALLY COMES DOWN TO DIFFERENT SPOTS: BEGINNER SPOTS, MEDIUM SPOTS, ADVANCED SPOTS. IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING WAVES OUT AT AN ADVANCED SPOT, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO SOMEWHERE THAT YOU CAN CATCH WAVES." Today DLNR passed out fliers at Ala Moana informing surfers of an upcoming public forum next Wednesday. The state agency says they were forced to respond to Mac Master's request for public comment. MEGHAN STATTS: "PART OF OUR MANDATE IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE THAT TO THE PUBLIC AND ENSURE THAT WE GET PUBLIC COMMENT AND SEE WHAT THE PUBLIC THINKS? WHAT DO THE SURFERS THINK? WHAT DO THE STANDUP PADDLERS THINK?" ANDREW PEREIRA: DLNR CHAIRMAN WILLIAM AILA SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE NEARLY UNANIMOUS CONSENSUS AMONG ALL USERS BEFORE MAC MASTER'S PROPOSAL CAN MOVE FORWARD. AND WHEN DLNR HOSTS A PUBLIC FORUM NEXT WEEK WEDNESDAY HERE AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY, MAC MASTER CAN EXPECT TO HEAR AN EARFUL FROM THOSE OPPOSED TO HIS PLAN." GERALD AIKAU: "FIRST AS NATIVE HAWAIIANS WE LOST OUR LAND AND NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO REGULATE THE TIME AND HOURS IN OUR WATERS. AND I KNOW HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ON THIS ISLAND THAT MINDS ARE JUST FLIPPING OFF OF THIS." RICH STEVENSON: "YOU GOING TO DICTATE TO HAWAIIANS, TO LOCAL PEOPLE WHEN WE CAN COME OUT AND EXERCISE OUR CULTURAL RIGHTS? THAT'S TOTALLY WRONG." Mac Master says he's reaching out to Gov. Abercrombie as well as all of the gubernatorial candidates to get their take on his proposal. He also objects to William Aila's statement that there needs to be near unanimous consensus for his proposal to move forward. We'll see what happens next Wednesday.