Hawaiian Natives Differ on Man-Made Surf Pool

Native Hawaiian waterman Brian Keaulana is well-known for his comprehension of the ocean. As a lifeguard, he is proficient in both water rescue and surfing. Keaulana aspires to spread his knowledge and advance surfing as a sport. His goal is to construct a large pool with a wave machine within a surfing facility. In that manner, when nature fails to provide waves, surfers would always have somewhere to ride. The planned construction site is adjacent to Honolulu, the state capital, and the Oahu coast. It would be a large project. 26 million liters of water might be contained in the pool itself. To halt the project, a group opposed to it is pursuing legal action.


The organization wants to revoke the Hawaii Community Development Authority’s approval of the proposal. In July, the lawsuit will be heard in a state environmental court. In a civil lawsuit, Healani Sonoda-Pale is a plaintiff attempting to block the wave pool. She mentioned that it would be roughly 3.2 kilometers away from White Plains, a well-known ocean surf spot. “By creating these wave pools, which are going to destroy the actual beach that is nearby, the would-be developers are profiting off a cultural practice by controlling it,” she said.


Opponents claim that since a wave pool already exists close by, building another is needless and a waste of water. Despite this, Keaulana continues to advocate for the project, pointing out that not all ocean conditions are ideal for learning to surf or save lives. He worries that the Olympic surfers from Hawaii won’t be able to train as well as competitors who practice at one of the many surf parks across the world. According to him, you can spend more time on a surfboard in an hour at a wave pool than most surfers do in a week at the ocean. “These surfers are practicing their skills by going to these surf parks and catching wave after wave,” he remarked.

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