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Legislators seek construction ban to halt erosion at Kailua Beach

Rep. Cynthia Thielen Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Don Mitchell Don Mitchell
Karl Meinhardt Karl Meinhardt
Seawalls at Lanikai Seawalls at Lanikai
Kailua Beach Kailua Beach

By Roger Mari bio | email

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Kailua is known for having one of the best beaches in the world. Now a measure is being introduced to protect it from erosion. The shoreline isn't the only thing legislators are trying to save. Mother Nature could affect future developments along this pristine coastline.

The wide sandy dunes are one reason property values are so high along this stretch of shoreline. As the water slowly creeps up, prices could go down for some beach-front homes on Kailua Beach.

Erosion, decimating what was once a white sand beach. A temporary measure will allow government agencies to assess the shoreline and determine the best way to manage any further development.

"We don't want the south end erosion to migrate down the beach causing more portions of Kailua Beach to erode," said Representative Cynthia Thielen.

During a two year period, construction would be put to a halt under guidelines of the bill. This is good news for Don Mitchell who has lived along Kailua beach for more than 20 years.

"I think it's going to do good, because it's going to keep houses from going out too far, it can't do any harm, let's put it that way," says Kailua Resident Don Mitchell.

Many want to stop Kailua Beach from turning into nearby Lanikai, where erosion has taken away the beach. Now home depend on seawalls to protect the property.

"We know that the first seawall could begin to destabilize this world renowned resource known as Kailua beach," said Cynthia Thielen.

The bill would also restrict additions on existing homes along Kailua Beach.

"It sticks out like a sore thumb, said Kailua Resident Karl Meinhardt.

It will give everyone a chance to see this world class beach.

"The adjacent neighbor got his view point and this is what we don't want to see happen," said Cynthia Thielen.

Some Kailua residents hope that if the bill passes, action is taken before this precious natural resource disappears.

"I think it's important that any bills that they pass have some good solid long-term effects to the coastal community especially here in Kailua," said Karl Meinhardt.

While some work has already been done to examine the beach, there is still work to be done on the bill. It will be referred to legislative committees next week, and then a hearing will be scheduled.

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