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Coast Guard enforcing Oahu security zone


Coast Guard law enforcement officers are enforcing a temporary security zone in the waters of Kailua Bay.

The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States and his official party.

The security zone went into effect 2 p.m. Dec. 23 and runs through 8 p.m. Jan. 7, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Joanna Nunan.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies on patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline at Namala Place road, near the Castles surf spot.

The zone also includes the adjacent channel beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending the channel way to approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.

An orange “boom” and yellow buoys will be placed on the water and in the channel for visual references of the zone.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 165.33), the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone.

Any person entering the zone without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a penalty of not more than $40,000 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 25 years, and a fine of not more than $250,000.

Offending vessels may also be seized and held liable for any monetary assessments.

“Recognizing the zone may inconvenience residents and recreational users,” said LCDR Scott Whaley, “we have coordinated closely with the local community to minimize the impact and still meet the security requirements for the President of the Unites States during his stay on Oahu.”

For a map of the restricted area, visit:

The notice will also be posted at and can be found by typing “USCG-2011-1142” in the “Keyword” box.

Citizens with questions pertaining to the security zone should contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu’s Waterways Management at 808-522-8264.

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