Erosion Creates Dangerous Situation on Waikiki Beach

Posted In Beach Nourishment, Erosion, News
Jan
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Waikiki beach-renourishement, 2012. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Over the past several months severe erosion has caused a concrete slab near the water’s edge at Kuhio Beach to become exposed.

In June 2012, the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources completed a $2.2 million beach replenishment project that added 24,000 cubic yards of offshore sand across 1,730 feet of Waikiki Beach.

The replenished sand was gone a year after its completion.

Beach erosion in Waikiki has been a problem for decades and has resulted in at least 10 sand replenishment projects since 1939. According to DLNR, 300,000 cubic yards of sand has been placed onto Waikiki Beach over the past 77 years…

Read Full Article, KITV, Hawaii

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Beach Erosion Again Exposes Concrete at Kuhio Beach, Hawaii News Now (07-29-2014)

Scientists Urge Shoreline Retreat From Hawaii’s Eroding Beaches, EE News
Sea-level rise is a significant factor in the major shoreline change underway in Hawaii, where 52 to 72 percent of beaches on the chain of islands have eroded over the past century.

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Hawaii’s Beaches Are in Retreat, and Its Way of Life May Follow, The New York Times

Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities, A book by Chip Fletcher; Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal and Virginia Tice.
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” The Last Beach,” a book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper
“In The Last Beach, the authors describe the top five threats to beaches around the world. Even a quick overview of these threats suggests a strategy for confronting the degradation and loss of beaches. It’s no surprise that a comprehensive, long-term beach protection strategy requires significant changes to our economic system, a system that has overdeveloped and polluted beaches to the extent that they have become unhealthy places to swim or even play in the sand…”—Countercurrents

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Waialua beachfront, Oahu. “Sandbagging is pretty much an exercise in futility. The only benefit is psychological, the feeling of doing something…” Captions and Photo source: ©© Davidd

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