State floating plan to widen Waikiki Beach

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two days after the Hawaii Five-0 premiere brought thousands of fans to Waikiki Beach some say we could pack even more people onto the famous shore and all we'd have to do is add more sand.

The public got a chance to comment on the proposed widening of Waikiki Beach. A public hearing happened Wednesday night at the Waikiki Community Center auditorium.

There were some concerns the new sand would create waves all the way up to shore, putting wading tourists at risk of being hit by surfers.

A Waikiki beach boy said, "Will the sand stop that water coming all the way in the distance, with the volume of sand there?... I don't think so."

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes to restore and maintain the 1,700-foot-long segment of beach between the Kuhio Beach crib wall and the Royal Hawaiian groin.

Up to 24,000 cubic yards of sand would be recovered from offshore deposits, and pumped to the shoreline where it would be placed along the beach. This is similar to what they did in 2006 into early 2007.

The department says the project would widen the beach by an average of 37 feet, restoring it to its approximate width in 1985, and prevent major erosion for the next twenty years.

The state says the project would cost about $2 million dollars. There's no word yet on when it would happen.

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