The SCORP Report is produced at 5-year intervals to qualify for a Federal grant in support of Recreation Projects. A draft must be issued for public review along with the Report on Public Statements. The public statements showed strong demand for Clothing-Optional Beaches. On p.104 the DLNR’s own tabulation ranks Clothing-Optional Beaches #5 out of the 16 most participated water-based activities. The draft SCORP Report deceptively misrepresented and dismissed the will of the public.
FoLB reported this deception to the DLNR’s agent and demanded an amendment in the following email:
Subject: DLNR Issue False Statement re Clothing-Optional Beach Desire in Draft SCORP Report
Note: This message will be disseminated to a large number of concerned citizens.
Dear PBR Hawaii & Associates SCORP Team,
In the SCORP Draft Report for Public Review, there is a reference to clothing-optional beaches on p.54:
"Over 60 comments mentioned the desire for clothing-optional beaches, although multiple comments expressing frustration with clothing-optional activity were expressed during the public meetings and it should be noted that Hawaiʻi’s indecent exposure law does not permit public nudity."
To be clear: They lie. Hawaii has no State law prohibiting “public nudity.” Hawaii's indecent exposure law applies under specific circumstances. Those circumstances cannot exist on a beach where cult nudity is traditionally practiced such as Little Beach and Po'olenalena Secret Beach.
The DLNR has deliberately misrepresented the data concerning the public’s desire for clothing-optional beaches. Not trusting the DLNR to tell the truth, we painstakingly went through the separate 679 page Report on Public Participation. We examined the public’s comments relating to clothing-optional beaches using the terms: clothing-optional, nude, nudity, skinny-dipping, naturist, naturalist (meaning naturist), nudist and natural sunbathing. We found 68 comments expressing desire for clothing optional beaches, not 60.
We did not find “multiple comments expressing frustration with clothing-optional activity” - we found ONE on p.512. That comment was made in the context of opposition to drum circle, drugs and nudity at Kehena beach on Hawaii Island.
Several of the comments expressing desire for clothing optional beaches, made scathing comments about the DLNR’s oppressive attack on clothing-optional use at Little Beach. Little Beach has been Maui’s Nude Beach for over 70 years. For 33 years from 1987 no nudity citations were issued under Park rules because nudity did no harm in this secluded location.
The current persecution of naturists is occurring on the whim of a bigot at the highest levels of DLNR management. The false and misleading statement in the SCORP Report is compatible with bigotry.
The SCORP Report must be amended to show that there is significant demand for clothing optional beaches, appropriately designated with official signage.
Friends of Little Beach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to protect Little Beach, Maui, an internationally recognized Top 10 Naturist destination. Worldwide there are tens of thousands of naturists that love and revere Little Beach. On our website we report the DLNR’s misdeeds and illegal acts. We also present a compelling case that there is public support for Little Beach to be designated Clothing-Optional with signage. See here: https://www.littlebeachmaui.org/signs.html
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