Children need protection in nearshore waters

The whale season is upon us, and personal watercraft and parasailors are banned from our sanctuary waters to protect our humpback whales from being run over by these commercial boat operators.

Na Kupuna O Maui is pleased that our elected officials take these precautionary measures each year in our nearshore waters.

Na Kupuna O Maui would be equally pleased if our elected officials would take the same actions on behalf of our children in the waters of Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach.

Unfortunately, conflicts in the pass between motorized vessels and swimmers have been fatal. We must not forget Uncle Billy.

Na Kupuna O Maui demands that the children of our island be given the same respect as the whales.

Patricia Nishiyama