Kauai sinks debate on parasailing possibility

KAUAI, Hawaii -- The debate on parasailing on Kauai is dead in the water. The state of Hawaii's Kauai Boating Division killed a proposal to hold public hearings on the matter after two public meetings in which residents and hotel associations voiced strong disapproval of the sport in Kauai waters.

The sport is allowed in waters off Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

"Kauai has a rural feel to it, we don't have a carnival atmosphere here like Maui or Waikiki," said Kauai Boating Division district manager Vaughan Tyndzik.

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