WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
It is the state's most visited beach, Waikiki. Every day, scores of tourists take advantage of the white sandy beaches and pristine waters.
Chris Nelson, visiting from Pennsylvania, is one of them.
"It's awesome, clear waters, beautiful beaches, beautiful people" he said. Like so many others, Nelson was completely unaware of the dangers at the Kuhio Beach portion. Two openings in the protective breakwater create strong currents that have lifeguards constantly rushing to rescue swimmers.
However, you can't blame him for not knowing. The warning signs alerting people of the danger are completely faded and unreadable.
Beach-goer Damaris Schrum summed it up: “there's no writing visible."
City and County lifeguards are frustrated that no one has re-painted the signs. They say it's made their jobs even more stressful. While Hawaii News Now was on site, a guard rushed into the water to help a child who almost went under while snorkeling.
We called both the City and County of Honolulu and State Department of Land and Natural Resources, yet each said it was the other's responsibility.
The Department of Parks and Recreation said "we are pretty certain that the sign is not a DPR installation".
The DLNR had yet to respond to any inquiries as of late afternoon Monday.
In the interim, City and County lifeguards urge the public to use caution when swimming near these areas.