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Sand restoration for Makaha Surfing Beach

Looking along the exposed section of roadway and parking lot. (Source: Darwin Bohnet) Looking along the exposed section of roadway and parking lot. (Source: Darwin Bohnet)
Looking west at the northwest Lifeguard tower. The current location is well mauka due to the winter erosion profile in the area. (Source: Darwin Bohnet) Looking west at the northwest Lifeguard tower. The current location is well mauka due to the winter erosion profile in the area. (Source: Darwin Bohnet)

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) – A sand restoration project is set to begin for Makaha Surfing Beach.

The project which starts on August 22 aims to prevent the recurring erosion along the base of the roadway. It is also aimed at ensuring public safety, facilitating access to the beach, restoring a natural beach slope and helping to protect the existing natural vegetation.

"Our first priority is to minimize public hazard and improve access to the lifeguard stand and other structures which are in danger of losing their foundations due to erosion caused by the high surf," said Senator Maile Shimabukuro who organized the restoration project.

For years, the beach has been eroding the west end of the beach, threatening the stability of the lifeguard stand, parking lot, and trees.

Heavy equipment will move sand from several parts of the beach to replenish about 3,800 cubic yards of erosion. The City and County of Honolulu's Department of Facilities Maintenance will conduct the operations under the direction of the City and County of Honolulu's Parks and Recreation Department.

"It is important that we conduct these erosion prevention measures to preserve one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world," Shimabukuro added. "We are working on a long-term solution which involves sand pushing every August to systemically address the erosion problem."

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