State officials have said illegal Halloween eve gatherings appear to be scheduled for tonight on the scenic coastline of Kaiwi State.
Social media posts monitored by the State Resource Conservation and Enforcement Division, or DOCARE, say alcohol will be on sale at several major parties tonight, with music playing by professional DJs, state officials said in a press release.
“We want to remind anyone considering attending these illegal gatherings that they are against the state park rules and current COVID-19 emergency rules and orders,” the DOCARE chief said, Jason Redulla. “Do not go.”
He warned that DOCARE agents would monitor the area to enforce the law and prevent parties from performing.
Violators will face arrest, summons and seizure of equipment or items used to commit violations, as well as civil penalties, including fines, officials said.
State officials said these parties defied the rules currently in place, including bans on:
>> Gatherings in groups of 25 or more.
>> Entry into a state park after closure without authorization.
>> Possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21.
>> Service and sale of alcohol without an appropriate license.
>> Commercial activity in a state park without an appropriate permit.
>> Use of generators and other motorized equipment without a license.
>> Use of audio devices that create excessive noise.
DOCARE agents have dispersed several groups along the Kaiwi coastline in recent months, including one in late August with up to 400 participants. They were reportedly promoted and followed by students from local universities.
DOCARE is a division of the State Department of Lands and Natural Resources.