Surfer group opposes state plan to fix failing Waikiki groin

Updated: Mar. 6, 2017 at 4:50 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - A leading surfer group is speaking out against a state plan to replace a crucial groin in Waikiki with a new structure that is about 10 times larger, saying it will change the quality of the waves at the beach.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the plan to replace the 90-year-old Royal Hawaiian groin with a new 180-foot T-head structure is listed as a preferred alternative in an environment assessment released by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Keone Downing says Save Our Surf objects to the plan because it would create an unsightly structure, change the wave quality and lead to an influx of predatory eels.

The plan has received support from the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association.

The department will hold a public hearing on proposals to fix the failing groin Tuesday.

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