Monday, January 5, 2015
Severe Erosion Raises Concern About Waikiki's Sandy Beaches
In June 2012, the state of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources completed a beach replenishment project which added an additional 24,000 cubic feet of offshore sand to Waikiki Beach. The project cost $2.2 billion and was funded by the joint effort of the state and Waikiki hotels. However, a recent study by the University of Hawaii has found that one-fourth of that sand has already disappeared. The DLNR has commented that the state and city are working together to study the recent erosion along Waikiki Beach and hopes to come up with new solutions. However, they have added that since 1939, there have been at least 10 sand replenishment projects to Waikiki Beach.