Safety concerns grow over Oahu's famous 'Eternity Beach'

Safety concerns grow over Oahu's famous 'Eternity Beach'
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EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was made famous by the 1953 Academy Award-winning film "From Here to Eternity." Now, lifeguards are concerned "Eternity Beach" at the base of the Halona Blowhole lookout is getting too popular for its own good.

Multiple "Do Not Enter" signs are posted at the perimeter of the lookout parking lot. But beachgoers enter Halona Cove from other points that aren't marked.

"We literally scaled the mountain to get to this lava tube and then we ended up here at Eternity," said Hawaii Kai resident Cheryl Toyofuku. She went to the beach Friday with a group of friends.

Molly Martin, visiting from Michigan, got to the beach the same way.

"If you don't want people going down there from a danger standpoint, I think the sign is doing its job. But people just won't listen to it," she said.

That's the other issue lifeguards are concerned about: blatant trespassing.

Last summer, two soldiers drowned after being swept off the rocks at the mouth of the cove, and another person drowned near the blowhole.

The nearest lifeguard station is down the coast at Sandy Beach.

The area is under the city's jurisdiction, and the authorities added signs last year. Officials have said they're looking at public education and additional signage.

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