Polo Beach Update – August 2016

Regular beach users are reporting that the manager of the nearby polo field is sending employees to ask nude beach goers to cover-up as well as complaining about beach nudity to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD).

This has resulted in recent HPD visits to the beach, and citations issued to nude beach goers who refused to cover-up.

Naturists and nudists continue to responsibly enjoy the beach; however, caution is advised.  Be on the lookout for suspicious people or police approaching and be prepared to cover-up bottoms as a precaution to avoid confrontations with HPD officers and possible citations.  Top-free for both genders should not be an issue at this city and county beach park.  Practice aloha and notify other beach users if you see anything suspicious.

Several beach users are contemplating legal action to challenge the harassment of nude beach goers and to protect the rights of naturist and nudist beach users consistent with Hawaii state law.  We believe the Hawaii representative of the Naturist Action Committee has been notified of these recent developments.

Reportedly another beach goer is preparing a website to be called “Save Polo Beach”.  We will post the URL when available and keep readers of this blog informed of further developments.

DISCLAIMER:  This blogger is not an attorney.  Nothing in this informational blog should be construed as legal advice.  Readers seeking definitive legal advice should consult an attorney and the Naturist Action Committee.  Individual beach goers are responsible for their own actions.

 

 

 

Hawaii News Now Story – Naturists want Mokuleia Beach designated as clothing optional

Mahalo to the Naturist Action Committee for supporting responsible clothing optional use of Polo Beach, Mokuleia, Oahu, Hawaii with aloha for all.

Read more here:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31383161/naturists-want-mokuleia-beach-designated-as-clothing-optional

Signs at Polo Beach – Then and Now

Regular beach goers and visitors to Polo Beach are greeted by a sign on the roadside of the public right of way path to the beach listing activities and things that are prohibited on the beach.

Up until recently, the sign at left below had been posted for years (this photo was taken in 2013), with “nudity” expressly prohibited.  Of course, this may have discouraged first-timers who don’t know about the long time customary, unofficial clothing optional usage of the beach here or the State of Hawaii versus Kalama ruling of the Hawaii Supreme Court which upheld the right to nonsexual nudity here (see http://www.naturisteducation.org/Toni_Egbert_Library/State_Supreme_Courts/HI_v_Kalama/hi_v_kalama.html).

Without any known public announcement of a policy change, a new sign at right below was posted as of November 2015.  Note that “nudity” no longer appears on the list of prohibited activities on the current sign posted as depicted in the image at right below!

 

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!

Happy New Year!

Aloha and Happy New Year! Despite the objections and complaints from Siri Masterson and the North Shore Neighborhood Board last year, naturists continue to enjoy Polo Beach on Oahu, with the overwhelming majority being responsible, considerate, and showing aloha.

Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many new friends, both from Oahu and visiting from the mainland.

I’ve posted a few new links to my blog which I hope you’ll visit. First are links to the Naturist Society and Naturist Action Committee (NAC). I hope you’ll support these organizations (if you don’t already) which support the rights of responsible naturist use of public lands. I’ve also posted a link to the NAC Update from October 2000 on Polo Beach on Oahu.

Second, I’ve posted a link on “Free Beach Etiquette” which provide excellent guidelines for responsible use of unofficial clothing-optional beaches. The overwhelming majority of naturists I’ve encountered in Hawai`i are responsible and courteous. In order to preserve our rights to nude use of the few remaining beaches in Hawai`i that are traditionally clothing-optional, I suggest new visitors to our unofficial clothing-optional beaches review these guidelines to make everyone’s visits more enjoyable.

Enjoy a fantastic, nude 2014! Aloha and best wishes!

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.