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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

PWC may be not operated between sunset and sunrise unless they are equipped with the proper navigation lights.

PWC must be operated in a responsible manner.

  • Watch constantly for skiers, divers, swimmers, boats, and other PWC.
  • Avoid wave jumping and passing close to other vessels.
  • Do not use alcohol before or during PWC operation.
  • Do not exceed “slow-no-wake speed” within 300 feet of the shoreline.
  • Do not operate a PWC within a marine life conservation district or marine natural area reserve.
  • Follow the most direct route possible, consistent with safety considerations, when traveling to and from designated PWC operating areas.

In designated ORMAs, operate only in areas designated for PWC/thrill craft.

PWC may not operate in state waters surrounding the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau.

In all other non-designated ORMAs, you must transit to a point 500 feet from the shoreline or the outer edge of the fringing reef (whichever is greater) before operating freely.

  • Do not operate within 500 feet of the shoreline or inside the seaward edge of the fringing reef.
  • Do not land and/or pick up passengers except at approved launch sites.

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