City to clear debris from North Shore beaches following large swell

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City and County of Honolulu Departments of Emergency Management, Facility Maintenance, and Parks and Recreation will begin cleaning up debris on Sunset Beach this Thursday, January 2, caused by a recent high surf episode that resulted in erosion.

The operation will commence at about 9 a.m. and could last the entire day. Motorists are advised to avoid parking at Sunset Beach, and to expect delays and heavy traffic due to the need for heavy trucks and equipment.

About a dozen homes have been affected along Ke Nui Road near Rocky Point by erosion since October. High surf over the Christmas holiday created significant debris on the beach and in the surrounding waters which could pose a hazard to beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers.

The city scheduled this debris removal operation for Thursday during a forecasted lull between high surf episodes. However, beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should continue to remain cautious to debris that may have sunk in the ocean, or may be buried in the sand. This debris could include lumber and plywood with nails embedded.

In addition, the public should stay well away from the affected homes due to continuing concerns of falling debris and to respect residents' privacy.

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