Kailua Bay Kiters beach is behind Kalapawai Cafe and Deli - just google 306 South Kalaheo Avenue, Kailua, Hi 96734
1. Pump up and run your lines on the grassy area
2. Roll up your lines and bring it through the trees to the beach area and launch on the sandy area
3. Be cautious of swimmers, divers, canoers, other water users while kiting, be courteous and stay at least one kite line length away
4. Be careful of the swim zone. Do not kite through the swim zone, which is marked with white buoys.
5. No tricks or jumps on the beach or within 200 yards of the beach
6. Be cautious when launching and landing your kite, careful of the trees
1. No kiting on July 4th, Labor Day, and the two big canoe regatta days of the year. The beach is just too crowded at these times. This guideline was agreed upon at our very first club meeting, and we feel strongly about it. Please encourage non-club members to also avoid kiting on these days. This will help us reduce complaints to DLNR and our elected officials, and show the community that we are taking responsibility for protecting everyone.
2. When approaching guideline/law breakers, approach in groups with 3 times the number of people. Be polite, but make it clear that we are under a lot of scrutiny and their actions are placing all kiteboarders at risk. While we cannot enforce our guidelines on non members, we should make it clear to anyone breaking the law that they will only get one warning before we call HPD and the DLNR hotline. Flagrant violations that are extremely dangerous will be immediately reported to HPD without warning (think foiling and boosting big air in the swim zone with swimmers around kind of bad).
3. New kiters that are unable to make it back upwind to the launch zone are strongly encouraged to use the buddy system. The buddy system involves asking a buddy to walk the beach with you while you are out, and land your kite for you when you come in to shore. KKC strongly believes that this will help reduce the incident rates of new kiters getting into trouble while flying their kites back up the beach to the launch zone. The “walk of shame” used to be embraced as a right of passage for new kiteboarders. However, the close proximity to trees, residential areas, fishermen, and unaware beach goers requires more advanced kite control skills than most new kiters possess.
4. No jumping or shore break wave riding within 200 feet of the beach. We all enjoy a little showboating, but the risk of crashing a kite on the beach or on swimmers isn’t worth it. This sets a bad example for new kiters who wish to emulate the experienced kiters they’ve grown to admire.
5. Unless you have enough wind to confidently make it back upwind to the launch zone, please consider not going out at that time. The less time we have kites flying back up the beach to the launch zone, the less we will hear complaints from the neighboring homeowners and beachgoers.
6. When helping launch kites, ensure that the bridle is untangled and lines are connected correctly before releasing the kite. The kiter controlling the kite is ultimately responsible for its safe operation, but often he/she cannot see small tangles or improperly connected lines until it is too late. Safely launching and landing kites is something the club urges both the kiter and handler to take responsibility for.
7. Please do not self-launch/land LEI kites on the beach if there is anyone else in the zone within two kite lines of length downwind of you. Foil kites are an exception to this suggestion. If you see someone launching/landing a foil kite and you are not familiar with how to assist, please ask before trying. The launching of a foil kite is much different than an LEI, and it is often safest for the kiter to launch without assistance.
8. Be responsible for yourself and your gear. If you put a kite in the trees or damage someone else’s property with your gear, pay for it. Please do not make us look like bad neighbors and poor stewards of the land and ocean. If your kite goes into a residential area, do not go into their yard without permission. Our neighbors have made it clear that they don’t appreciate people trespassing on their property without permission. KKC suggests knocking on the front door with a case of beer, a bottle of wine, and an apology for disturbing them to show respect.
9. KKC embraces the three-strike rule before removing anyone from the club. While we need numbers to make our voice strong, we cannot hope to be respected in the community if we cannot hold our members accountable. First time violators should be approached politely in groups of 3 or more, as addressed in Club Guideline #2 above. For second time offenders, all members who approached the person should report second offense violators to the board. At this time, the board will contact the member directly to address the issue. For the third offense, the board will meet to discuss removing the member from the group. If the board decides to remove kiter, they can request to rejoin the group after 1 month of waiting, and will be required to have a sponsor in the group for one year after. If there are any further violations after being removed the first time, the member will be removed from the group for a minimum of one year.
10. KKC strongly encourages all members to talk to their homeowners or renters insurance provider to get coverage for their gear and themselves in the event that the member injures anyone, damages someone’s property, or damages their own gear (No, you don’t have to eat the cost of your new kite getting torn to ribbons if it gets eaten by the trees.). After considerable advice from one of our lawyers, KKC feels strongly that we should all have liability insurance due to the inherent risks of the sport and high cost of the gear.
11. Please utilize the rigging and launch/landing zones accordingly. We have been asked by DLNR to help reduce the congestion on the beach in front of zone A by removing any gear from the beach that is not being prepared to launch. Between sessions, please leave all gear in the grass rigging area. Whenever possible, please rig your kite in the rigging zone, and have a buddy walk it out to launch. When landing after your session, please roll up your lines and immediately take your kite into the rigging zone. This will help us reduce the amount of time that kites spend on the beach and, hopefully, reduce the amount of complaints we receive about blocking other beachgoers' access.
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