Day-Use Moorings

MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
– SAVING THE CORAL REEF-

 

Day Mooring Buoys

Coral reefs provide many benefits to our islands.  They provide protection from waves and storm surges as well as habitat for marine life.  Coastal reefs support a thriving ocean recreation industry.  Day mooring buoys both protect our nearshore reefs and serve as a component of safe ocean recreation experiences for Hawaii’s residents and visitors.

The mission of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is to “Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawaii nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.”  Being part of DLNR, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) follows this mission in all of its decisions.  For this reason, DOBOR’s day mooring buoy program is intended to provide safe ocean recreation opportunities while minimizing damage to coral and other marine life in zones of high anchoring pressure by boaters.

Call to Action

DOBOR is currently gathering comments concerning proposed changes to DMB administrative rules.  We plan to hold outreach meetings to collaborate with stakeholders and develop a fair and effective regulatory scheme.  The dates for these outreach meetings will be announced, and those who have signed up to receive notifications will be notified of such meetings.  To request notifications of future meetings, please send an email to dlnr.bd.dmb@hawaii.gov specifying that you wish to be added to the DMB notification list. You can also use the email address to send comments directly to DOBOR.

DOBOR is increasing its efforts in the informal portion of rulemaking so that it can gather all relevant information before the formal process begins.  After gathering informal public feedback, DOBOR will develop draft administrative rules in response to the feedback, then follow the formal process for amending administrative rules.

Please sign up for notifications through dlnr.bd.dmb@hawaii.gov or visit your local DOBOR District Office for announcements.  Formal public hearings are projected to take place in Fall 2018 or later.  After public hearings are held, the public can generally expect to see rules go into effect about four to six months later.

Upcoming Informational Meetings

KAUAI DISTRICT DAY MOORING BUOY INFORMATION GATHERING MEETING, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017, 6-8 PM, WILCOX ELEM. SCHOOL, 4319 HARDY STREET, LIHUE

KONA DISTRICT – DAY MOORING BUOY INFORMATION GATHERING MEETING, OCTOBER 9, 2017, 6-8 PM, WEST HAWAII CIVIC CENTER, 74-5044 ANE KEOHOKALOLE HWY, KAILUA-KONA, HI 96740

KAWAIHAE DISTRICT – DAY MOORING BUOY INFORMATION GATHERING MEETING, OCTOBER 11, 2017, 6-8 PM, WAIKOLOA ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL, 68-1730 HOOKO STREET, WAIKOLOA, HI 96738

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO DAY-USE MOORING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

 

Hawaii Administrative Rules pertaining to Day-Use Moorings (HAR 257)

Reference locations of Day-Use Moorings (HTML)

Locate a Day-Use Mooring via Malama Kai Foundation

Download a handy publication for these waters:

Kauai Day-Use Mooring guide

Molokini/Lanai/Maui Day-Use Mooring guide

Oahu Day-Use Mooring guide