Gaping sinkhole growing with each wave makes for dangerous situation in Haleiwa

Gaping sinkhole growing with each wave makes for dangerous situation in Haleiwa
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Erosion is eating away at the infrastructure at Haleiwa Beach Park, leaving a gaping sinkhole that's continuing to expand.

The hazardous change in landscape prompted the city Parks Department to remove a pair of nearby showers and board up one side of the comfort station.

"In addition we will also be putting up a more sturdy chain link fence to make sure no one goes into the dangerous area," said Jeanne Ishikawa, deputy director for Honolulu's Department of Parks and Recreation.

While the park remains open, the city asks visitors to avoid the sea wall.

For the Castillo family, a day wouldn't be complete without a trip to park. But now playtime is restricted to the jungle gym.

"My wife first noticed it," said Kekoa Castillo.

"It's kind of scary. Kids can fall in," said Nana Castillo.

Over the past two months, the city says, the hole located between the sea wall and the comfort station has grown substantially in size.

"The bulk of it is sea level rise and the way that the currents have worked this particular season has really undermined the area," said Josh Stanbro, executive director of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency,

Meanwhile, the Castillos are anxious for repair work to begin.

"There's a lot of unsupervised children who come here," said Kekoa Castillo. "When the water gets to high tide it actually gets up to that rock where it's supporting that side of the wall. My fear is one of them is going to fall in the water."

The city is still assessing the damage. No word when repairs might begin.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.