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Dive O'ahu to stay on Kuhio Beach

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The controversial company -- Dive O'ahu -- will keep their concessions on Kuhio Beach. A judge ruled Monday in favor of the company. 

This comes after the Star Beach Boys sued the City of Honolulu and Dive O'ahu, after the city awarded the company with a 5-year concession contract that they've held for years.

The lawsuit alleged Dive O'ahu was negligent because it lacked "competence and experience" to run the surf and canoe concessions on Kuhio Beach. By not running canoe rides — the Beach Boys argue Dive O'ahu did not comply with the contract. After hearing arguments from both sides in court — a judge today ruled Dive O'ahu was not negligent and did comply with their contract.

"It's a bad decision I think. And it could mean that the tradition of The Beach Boys is over because you've got a scuba diving company on there that clearly doesn't know what they're doing and they shouldn't be there," said Aaron Rutledge, Owner of Star Beach Boys.

Rutledge tells us he plans on talking with his fellow Beach Boys about whether or not he should appeal.

"Were happy with the outcome. It's been two months. We've had nothing but opposition, so to know that our contract is valid and going forward, we can just keep positive," said Shelly Rofrits, Dive O'ahu Manager.

Since vacating the concessions back in May, the Beach Boys have been operating out of a storefront on Koa Avenue.

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