Honolulu Star Bulletin (12/25/99)
By Ray Pendleton
Mele Kalikimaka boaters. Now that Christmas is here, maybe it's time to turn our attention to New Year's Eve.
If last Fourth of July was any indication, there will certainly be many offshore areas around the state where unusually hazardous boating conditions will be precipitated by public fireworks displays. Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island, Kaanapali, on Maui, and Kaneohe, Hawaii Kai and Waikiki, on O`ahu, all come to mind as potential problem areas.
The Hawaii Operational Safety Team for ocean users (HOST), has been advised that along with the dinner cruise boats and the recreational boaters off Waikiki, there will likely be jet skiers, canoers, kayakers, surfers, and even SCUBA divers celebrating offshore at the stroke of midnight. It has therefore issued an advisory listing several tips for all of you venturing out on the water.
For safe-boating on New Year's Eve 1999:
Along with HOST's tips for boating safety on New Year's Eve, I would like to add a couple of my own.
Paddlers on canoes and kayaks should remember they are nearly invisible on the water at night., so even though they are not required to, they should NOT go out without battery-operated running lights.
And, finally, two things all boat operators should be sure NOT to do: exceed a "no wake," or 5 mph speed limit, and, think that anyone can use fireworks safely on board a boat.
Now, I would like to say mahalo to all of the people who have supported the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in its time of crisis. The fact that I am still writing a Water Ways column some three months after the paper was to close means my Christmas wish has been answered.
See you right here on the first day of 2000. Hau`oli makahiki hou!
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