Thousands of beaches on Memorial Day weekend

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Thousands of people visited state beaches on Memorial Day weekend.

State health officials reminded the public on Friday that the social distancing guidelines were still in effect and that large group gatherings were not allowed.

Some people followed these rules, others didn’t.

Under Governor David Ige’s emergency order, gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed and require a social distance of six feet unless they are members of the same family or household.

Hundreds of people went to Waimea Bay on Saturday and noted that advice on social distancing was not following.

Courtney Meyer of Kahaluu said she goes to Waimea Bay every Sunday with her family. She said that she was dismayed by the social media videos of the large crowd and that she witnessed the amount of garbage left behind.

On Sunday morning, she said she saw two city and county trucks load two Waimea Bay trash trucks.

“It was really very dirty, the water was dirty, it was really pilau,” she said.

“We haven’t played in three months and it was the first time we’ve been playing in a while and finding it dirty was really frustrating because we did our time, we waited and we had to come clean” said Meyer.

She said that many people obey the quarantine rules and do not want to see the beaches closed again.

“We always come to the beach and practice social distancing and play and do our part, but it would be nice to see everyone doing their part too,” she said.

“We do not want the ban to come back into force, we have waited our time and we are all excited,” she said. “I know everyone is anxious to get back to the beach, but we still have to do our part and follow the rules and do what we have to do to make sure we can get back to being completely open.” “

The large crowd also occupied the rescuers.

“The majority of our rescues took place in our beach parks where we have permanent lifeguard posts, and mainly because of the surf which creates dangerous conditions, the large crowd of people kept us on our guard,” said Lt. Kerry Atwood, Honolulu Ocean Safety.

On Saturday, DOCARE officers cited a Waianae who was operating thrillcraft at Kaneohe Sandbar, which is not allowed. He was also cited for allowing his minor son to drive the device.

DLNR officers on Sunday said they observed 35 boats at Kaneohe Sandbar on Saturday and all of the boats were following distance guidelines.

Ocean Safety said they were preparing for an extra day of crowds, but warned people to know their limits.

“Certainly swim where there is a lifeguard tower, see a lifeguard, watch the warning signs, heed the warnings of the lifeguards and know that your limits of negligence cost lives,” said Lt. Atwood.

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