NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents and good Samaritans jumped into action Wednesday to help save homes on the North Shore from rising surf.
A community on the North Shore near the Alligators surf spot was hit particularly hard by the massive swell that rolled through Monday. One of the homes, which was built in the 1950s, was nearly swallowed up by the ocean.
Residents prepared for more rising waves by fortifying their properties with sandbags, filled by volunteers, some of whom pulled off Kamehameha Highway to help.
"This next swell is threatening quite a few houses that are down the road here," said Ginai Curti said.
Will Gundacker, owner of Gundacker Works LLC, worked Wednesday to shore up a home that lost a seawall in Monday's swell.
"It was a matter of, I would say, hours before it would fall down," he said.
Gundacker and his crew used more than a half dozen steel beams to stabilize the home. "We got some shoring jacks and jacked up the house with some big tough concrete blocks on the bottom," said Gundacker.
The crew worked against the clock to build a wall sturdy enough to keep the waves from eating away more sand.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the shoreline erosion up and down the North Shore is concerning. He said homeowners should reach out to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for assistance.
"We do want to protect property rights and make sure homes don't fall into the ocean," he said.