DLNR Stops Wailua River Kayak Tour Operations on Saturdays

Aafke Zietz

Companies operating rentals and tours on the Wailua river are no longer allowed to run on Saturdays. Restrictions had already been put in place for Sundays. This new law was addressed on Nov. 22 and went into effect on Dec. 4. This change will affect some companies more than others, but part of that comes down to permitting. More permits provide flexibility to companies trying to fit their booking into a Monday-through-Friday schedule, but permits are limited. This new regulation will be difficult to calculate, due to weather changes, the ongoing pandemic, and its effects on local businesses.

This change has been implemented by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Several Kayak tour and rental companies have said that the reason for DLNR halting the Saturday kayak permits is to give the Wailua River an extra day to rest and recover. The companies have agreed with the DLNR that the Wailua River and trail to Uluwehi Falls should be better managed. 

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