PO’IPU – The organizers of next Saturday’s Koloa Plantation Days Ocean Festival
are moving the location of the swimming and canoeing event to Prince Kuhio’s,
oceanside of the Beach House Restaurant in Koloa.
Had the event been staged
at Po’ipu Beach Park as originally planned, the 1,500 plus crowd may have
disturbed the monk seal pup who was born at the beach on July 6, biologists
“We are cooperating fully with the National Marine Fisheries
Service,” said Ocean Festival organizer Curt Smith, “and are moving the
festival because of the safety of the seal.”
Volunteers with the Kaua’i
Monk Seal Watch program who worried that the noise from the festival may cause
the pup’s mother to leave, were “wholeheartedly relieved,” said Barbara
Frazier, volunteer coordinator.
Smith said that contestants of the ocean
races, including swimming, canoeing, six-man and one-man paddleboarding, should
come to Prince Kuhio’s (PK’s) Saturday, July 29, at 8 a.m. to register.
The event itself starts at 9 a.m. that day.