Aloha and Happy Holidays,
There has been enormous encouragement to continue the Hawaii Kiteboarding Association as it now stands and to maintain and renew the FAA waiver which allows kiteboarding from Waihee Point to Ho`okipa Park and certainly at kite beach and which is due to expire on March 4, 2004. The challenge our association currently faces with the lawsuit by David Dorn dba Action Sports Maui against HKA president Martin Kirk, and against the HKA association itself, and still other unnamed defendants is certainly affecting the resources and the level of participation within the association. HKA directors on Oahu have been in the process for several months of removing their names as the directors and this could force the dissolution of HKA unless others step up. The importance of keeping HKA alive and well is instrumental in renewing the FAA waiver before March 4, 2004 and keeping kiteboarding on Maui's north shore.
It is also important to note that FAA is now mandating that the area of the no-kiteboarding zone be expanded to 1/2 mile on either side of the runway and out to 2 miles seaward. The east boundary is the point between Euro Beach and Lobster Cove. Kiteboarding will be allowed east of that point. The west boundary is mid-property at Oli Oli Kai property. Kiteboarding will be allowed west of that point.
Perhaps many are under the impression that this waiver situation was resolved by HKA back in October when HKA successfully negotiated with FAA to not rescind the waiver and to keep the Spreckelsville area, excluding the no-kiteboarding corridor at the end of the runway, open to kiteboarding. There was a lot of participation from HKA members during that period. Perhaps complacency, the recent lawsuit against HKA, and certainly the holiday season are reasons for the low level of participation in HKA. The intent of this email is not just to inform everyone of the impending expiration of the FAA waiver in March. The purpose of this email is also to ask motivated individuals who wish to help every kiteboarder on Maui and visiting kiteboarders continue kiteboarding on the north shore to become involved.
All who wish to see the sport of ktieboarding on Maui's north shore continue are invited and encouraged to be a vital part of the process and participate. As many may be aware from previous correspondence, election of HKA officers is pending in early 2004. If you desire to be nominated for office or wish to contribute financially to HKA, now could not be a better time.
Best wishes for the New Year and hope to hear back from you soon,