HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several buoys in Ala Moana Beach Park's lagoon have become saturated with water over the past few years, prompting state officials to begin repair work starting Thursday.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources urges the public to stay clear of the area through Friday while work is in progress. DLNR crews will be out on jet skis in Magic Island, replacing the seven "spar buoys" that were installed between the shoreline and interior of the reef in 2010 to mark the stand-up paddle board corridor. The new buoys are said to be far more resistant to water infiltration that caused the original ones to progressively sink.
With a rise of stand-up paddling, the DLNR proposed the idea of installing buoys in 2009 as a way to mitigate the hazards of overcrowding of paddlers and swimmers. Since then, the DLNR said the SUP corridor has been a success due to fewer altercations.