Polo Beach Update – June 6, 2015

Aloha!

Since my last update, nothing has changed.  Naturists and nudists continue to enjoy Polo Beach. The overwhelming number of locals and visitors to this beach behave responsibly with aloha while enjoying nude sunbathing and swimming here.

Today, at approximately 3:30 PM, two uniformed Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers visited the beach. They came in two cars, a marked HPD police cruiser and a private (subsidized) vehicle with the blue light on top. They entered the beach through the public access path, turned right and walked all the way to the end of the beach and back, exited via the public access path, and drove off.

As a precaution, most beach goers covered up with shorts, bikini tops and bottoms, or towels while the officers were there, although top free is 100 percent legal here for men and women. Most people want to avoid confrontations with the police, although the Hawaii State Supreme Court upheld the right to nonsexual nudity on this beach.

The police officers didn’t appear to be looking for anyone, and no one appeared to be  questioned or detained.  They walked all the way to the “gay” end of the beach, so it’s possible someone may have complained about alleged lewd acts taking place there.

This blogger has only seen uniformed HPD officers one other time on this beach and on that occasion, they were looking for a specific individual on charges unrelated to nudity, found and arrested him, and took him away.

Most beach goers here keep bikini bottoms or shorts handy and accessible in the event something like this happens.  There was plenty of warning as people who saw the police officers approaching put on their bottoms and even tops.  If you see many people putting on their bottoms at the same time, it’s probably because a police officer was sighted.

In more pleasant news, this blogger was swimming today at Polo Beach when unexpectedly an adult Hawaiian Monk Seal swam very close to me, surfaced briefly and raised his head out of the water as if to say “hello” and then swam away. Hawaiian Monk Seals are a very endangered species.  If you see one, please do not approach it and stay at least 3 feet away.  Read more about these fascinating creatures at the link below.

http://www.monksealfoundation.org/MonkSeals/Hawaiian.aspx

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are commonly seen in the waters at Polo Beach.  Likewise, if you see one, please don’t approach it and stay at least 3 feet away.

http://wildhawaii.org/marinelife/turtles.html

Have a great summer and enjoy social nudity and naturism!

Polo Beach Update (August 2013)

After Siri Masterson’s complaints to the Honolulu news media and North Shore Neighborhood Board earlier this year, regulars at Polo Beach have reported visits by uniformed Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers to the beach at least twice.  The two known visits took place on weekdays.

Apparently the HPD officers are talking to nudists they encounter and asking/advising them to be “respectful” of others.  Ironically, it seems that HPD is taking on the role of being “beach ambassadors”.

There have been no known citations or arrests made as a result of these visits.  These HPD visits are presumably in response to Masterson’s  complaints.  Why they choose to make them on weekdays when the beach is less crowded compared to weekends is unknown.

From my experience, most Polo Beach users show aloha and follow common naturist etiquette.  Although it can be intimidating to be visited and talked to by the police, as long as beach users refrain from public sex acts, avoid those that choose to stay clothed (and Masterson), and keep your eyes open for those visitors that might be offended by nudity, simply being nude and enjoying the sun and swimming at Polo Beach is not a crime.