The State of Hawaii - Attn. Governor Josh Green

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Petition by
Bill Watts
Kihei, Hawaii

To: The State of Hawaii - Attn. Governor Josh Green
From: [Your Name]

We request the operational status of Pu’u Ola’i (Little) Beach, Maui be amended as follows:
♦ Provide authorized Clothing-Optional status with official signage.
♦ Restore pre-Covid opening hours: 5AM - 7:45PM, 365 days/year.


The rationale and justification is as follows:

1. Little Beach has been Maui’s premier Clothing-Optional beach for over 70 years.

2. Little Beach is remote from the city, isolated from view, and difficult to access. Those who prefer Clothing-Optional beaches gather there because they are considerate of those who could be affronted.

3. Little Beach is 0.3% of Maui’s beaches and reduces or eliminates Clothing-Optional situations on the remaining 99.7% of Maui’s beaches.

4. An average of 300 people visit Little Beach daily, with about 50% clothed and 50% unclothed.

5. From 1987, for 33 years it was unwritten management policy to tolerate Clothing-Optional use. During that time, there were over 3 million day-visits, with no complaints by a person present on the beach and no citations being issued. Proof that Clothing-Optional does no harm.

6. Clothing-Optional beach recreation is non-sexual. Those who prefer to be clothing free, achieve happiness by being in nature in their natural state. The pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right under the Hawaiian Constitution.

7. The Clothing-Optional folks at Little Beach care for the environment and have cleaned up the beach for decades, never getting or needing help from the Park management.

8. Since Covid, the management has ordered DLNR police to issue citations under Hawaii State Park Rules to suppress Clothing-Optional use. There is no benefit to the State. Fine upstanding citizens with no criminal record, doing no harm, are in fear of being criminalized. Those cited are dragged through the courts, accused of a petty misdemeanor. A petty misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and 30 days in jail and, if found guilty, results in a criminal record. A motion to dismiss by a private attorney can cost $10,000. Those who prefer Clothing-Optional beaches want justice through recognition that they are law abiding citizens, hence the demand for authorized Clothing-Optional signage.

9. The State Park’s rule, §13-146-38, was first written (by bureaucrats) back around 1971 with no concept that the State Parks would ever include a traditional Clothing-Optional beach. Makena State Park was created by the grass roots SPAM (State Parks At Makena) movement in the 1980’s and 90’s to preserve the area in its natural state. Both clothed and unclothed beach goers fought to make Makena State Park a reality, never imagining that a future Park management would try to change the status quo.

10. The DLNR has recorded that there is considerable demand for Clothing-Optional beach recreation. In the 2021 statewide SCORP “Report on Public Participation” there was an overwhelming 68:1 demand for/against Clothing-Optional beach recreation with many scathing comments about the DLNR’s abuse of power by harassing those who choose to be clothing free at Little Beach. The tabulation of most participated water-based activities ranked Clothing-Optional Beaches #5 out of 16.

11. Those who prefer Clothing-Optional on Little Beach are a mix of locals, retiree locals and many visitors. Typically, they are professionals and business owners and of above average wealth.

12. Naturism is widely practiced around the world and authorized Clothing-Optional beaches are common place. Sunshine destinations are vying for this business. Little Beach is an internationally recognized Top-10 naturist destination bringing visitors from every land, and therefore a significant contributor to Maui’s economy and the State’s GDP.

13. See proposed signage matching international standards here:

14. If you believe that government agencies should provide designated space for golfers, tennis players, horse riders, volleyball, skateboarders, dog park users, and others - then those who prefer Clothing-Optional beaches must have the right to a designated space. This is justice. National polls show 35% of the population has participated in Clothing-Optional beach recreation and 70% approve if it when remote from the city.

15. Under Covid rules Makena State Park opening hours were cut back, and even more severely to 4PM weekends at Little Beach. The remarkable and memorable Maui sunset experience on this special beach, that for years was available to all and any, has been eliminated. Covid rules were cancelled but the restricted hours retained, purely for “administrative convenience.” Depriving the public of beach access for this purpose is illegal under HRS 115, HRS §184-6 and the State Park’s own rule HAR §13-146-4.

16. The SPAM movement that created the State Park made an agreement with the DLNR that the Park would remain open to the public until 9PM, prior to which there was no curfew. In 2006 the Maui local management instigated a 6PM closure, purely for their own “administrative convenience,” and there was public protest over this betrayal of trust. Then DLNR Chair, Peter Young, intervened and set a compromise closing time of 7:45PM, saying: “which would allow people to enjoy the park and enjoy the sunset and still give enough light to address the safety problems." The 7:45PM closure time was maintained until Covid.

17. Let it not be forgotten, the DLNR shall perform its State Park duties for a stated purpose: “for the use and enjoyment of the public” - ref. HRS §184-6.

Presented by:
Friends of Little Beach
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation