Hawaii Nude Beach - Kauai Nudists Get Off My Beach
Guest Blog by: Tony Young
Hawaii Nude Beach – Dennis Bosio is one of many tourists who visit the island of Kauai, but unlike the typical sunseeking haoles who lay out on textile beaches, he and his wife are long time naturists, now 62 year old retirees, who actively frequent hidden beaches for the purposes of clothes-free fun in the sun. The usual gawkers or religious zealot would never deter an average nudist, but a unique situation on the island of Kauai has gone beyond that.
Less than three years ago, Bosio and his wife were renting a home near Larsen’s Beach Road. In order to access the traditionally nude beach known as Larsen’s Beach on the northeast side of Kauai, there is one safe lateral, coastal access trail which runs THROUGH private property owned by Waioli Corporation, a non-profit organization. The beach is also known as Lepe’uli Beach. At the time of this incident, Bosio witnessed several pickups on this trail with workers carrying chain saws and large machinery all the way up to the beach.
On March 6, 2010 at about 9:30 a.m., Bosio and his wife were on the lateral, coastal trail when a cattle rancher got out of a dump truck, identified himself as Bruce Laymon and confronted him.
”You are on private property and you know it,” he said. “I’m going to take your picture and the next time we see you on our property we will have you arrested.”
According to Bosio, “Laymon was agitated, threatening and confrontational. He didn’t take my picture at that time but did yell at some workers to remember me if I came back on their property. He accused me of being part of the group vandalizing his equipment and stirring up trouble.”
Bosio had no idea what he was talking about. A little while later, Laymon came down onto the beach, photographing him and screaming about sending fifty of his Hawaiian bruddahs down next week to take back the beach. For the record Bruce Laymon is NOT Hawaiian.
“We will run you haoles out of here. That’s all you f***ing haoles do is come down here, get naked, and leave all kinds of shit back here in woods!” Reports Bosio while allegedly quoting Laymon.
Bruce Laymon, a cattle rancher and his landlord, Waioli Corporation, had been granted a permit by Laura Thielen, then-chairperson of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources on February 16, 2010 to proceed with a beef cattle operation on 600+ acres of land directly behind the public Larsen’s Beach. The permit allowed, among other things, Laymon to construct fencing. Laymon applied for that Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to install fencing for a cattle ranch, which he has since put up. A large part of it was federally funded by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, part of USDA.
As he did with Bosio, Laymon has made many unproven complaints about public use of the area. He has shown nothing documenting all the “trouble” with Police Log calls on beach activity. Despite Laymon’s objections, the state Department of Health found no proof of alleged widespread human feces, and there is no evidence of a current hippie habitation as no one lives there.
Taking into account the laid-back attitude of the locals living in Kauai, it isn’t surprising that Laymon expects no one of import to refute his claims. In addition, he is doubtlessly unaware that nude beach users are not local hippies and vagrants, but primarily tourists who frequent many nude beaches around the world, and who are more than familiar with Nude Beach Etiquette which includes removal of one’s own trash.
A legal, county-owned beach access trail exists, but this trail had been fenced off for many years for unknown reasons. The County of Kauai failed in its Duty of Care to maintain that trail and keep it clear from the trees and brush that have overgrown that.
It is widely believed that the gentle, lateral, coastal access trail is a public trail, part of a historic Hawaiian trail called the Ala Loa, which no one has the authority to cut off access. Hawaii Revised Statutes 264-1, which incorporates the Highways Act of 1892, guarantees roads and trails which existed in 1892 are forevermore public ways. This trail existed in 1892, and is depicted on official 1833 and 1878 government maps on file with the State Archives and State Surveyor. The State of Hawaii is clear it claims the Ala Loa trail in Lepeuli in fee simple. There are public documents which state this.