Waikiki Beach Improvements

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Waikiki Beach has been shrinking over the past decade due to erosion. Not only does the beach serve as a dynamic ecosystem that can buffer the effects of storm waves and high tides, but it also serves as a main attraction to Hawaii for tourism.

Governor Linda Lingle released $500,000 to go towards the planning and design work to restore and improve sections of Waikiki Beach. Some of the money will be going towards obtaining permits and environmental monotoring.

"Waikiki Beach is one of Hawaii's most popular visitor attractions and a widely used recreational area for residents," said Governor Lingle. "It is important to restore the beach so that it lives up to the high expectations of residents and visitors today and in the future."

This project to improve sections of Waikiki Beach will be coordinated with beach improvement efforts being performed by the hotel industry and with funds provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

"It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of Waikiki Beach to our visitor industry," said Rick Egged, president of the Waikiki Improvement Association. "The funds released by Governor Lingle will help to keep erosion from destroying this tremendous natural resource."

In May 2008, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) recognized the successful restoration of Kuhio Beach in Waikiki with the 2008 Best Restored Beach Award.

The planning and design work is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed in spring 2010.