BELLOWS BEACH (KHNL) - A popular Oahu beach reopens to the public just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Bellows Beach, which is on military property in Waimanalo, was shut down last month because of trash and safety concerns. Since it reopened, there are new efforts to enforce existing rules.
It's been cleaned up, there are new signs posted, and military and police are patrolling the area. The goal is to keep it safe and clean for everyone to enjoy.
Bellows Beach in Waimanalo is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. It's been closed to the public since the beginning of June, but the military just reopened it Friday.
"I mean it's great for the holidays to open it up," said Amanda Manila, who is visiting from Vallejo, California. "It's a beautiful beach. As you can see, the water's blue. A lot of people are here just to chill."
Walter Ho'opi'i has been eagerly waiting for this moment. He came all the way from the leeward side of the island.
"Three day weekend; nice, beautiful day; spend time with the family," said the Waipahu resident. "It's been closed for a month. It's a nice beach to attend."
The beach shut down because of problems with trash and unsafe activities. To make sure people understand the rules, new signs have been posted all over the beach.
Some of the rules include no open fires, no alcohol, and no driving on the beach. The goal is to keep things safe for everyone to enjoy.
"This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, certainly one of the best beaches on Oahu," said Maj. Alan Crouch, a spokesperson for Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. "And we all need to work together to protect it to enforce the rules for everyone's safety."
And there's greater police presence to make sure people are not breaking any laws.
"I think it's great that the military is here to enforce more things, to keep it more clean, to keep it more family friendly so that we can enjoy ourselves more and know that we don't have to worry about a lot of things," said Manila.
The goal is to have it be a place people can have a fun time.
"It's better. Everybody can enjoy. No troubles," said Ho'opi'i. "And the family can enjoy without getting injuries. Better off for everybody who attends this beach."
Better to enjoy a picture perfect view this Fourth of July weekend.