Complaints about nudity at Mokuleia Beach growing

Internet sites advertising area as gay nude beach drawing concern

Published  5:52 PM HST Mar 26, 2013
MOKULEIA, Hawaii -

The Kahapea family is packing it up after spending a relaxing day at the beach.

They try to come here three or four times a month, but lately they say the nudity has become a bit much.

 "Maybe once in a while we will see one or two but it's kind of disturbing. We just like our family to relax and have fun. So to see someone turning over bare-naked, it’s kind if disturbing," said William Kahapea.

It is a beautiful stretch of beach.

It's isolated and that's why people come here.

It's also a popular place for horseback riding tours.

Nudity isn’t allowed here.

And there if there were nude sunbathers Tuesday, they covered up for our cameras.

Along the highway, signs are posted warning that any illegal activities, including nudity, could lead to an arrest and fine.

But residents say the problem is that someone has begun advertising the beach on gay websites.

"It began showing up on websites as Polo Beach a great place to hook up for guys,"said resident Mike Dailey who also is head of the Mokuleia Polo Association.

Not long after that, the complaints began increasing.

"The nude crowd got more visible and in your face," said Dailey.

"There were activities that are going on in the bushes that are inappropriate for children. Nobody wants to see that and now on the weekends people won't even walk down there anymore. So, it's taken away from the community," Dailey said.

Regulars on the beach told KITV that just three weeks ago police arrested a man for open lewdness.

And they say there have been gatherings of up to 50 people later in the day.

They say one area known as "Downtown" is for naturalists--another called "Beanstalks" is known as the gay area.

The North Shore neighborhood board will take up the issue Tuesday night.

"We hope something can be done to return the beach to the community so it doesn't get controlled by one small group," said Dailey.

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