Sand replenishment at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki stops for nowUPDATED 10:32 PM HST Oct 18, 2013Video Transcript
Work to get sand back on Kuhio Beach... has stopped..for now. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us in the newsroom with tonights top story. Parts of the concrete structure on Kuhio beach are exposed once again. City crew members worked Thursday night to cover it up...but mother nature had other ideas. The city says it will try again in three to six weeks to address the erosion problem at Kuhio Beach. The high tide associated with a full moon combined with an unusual high water event make any effort to combat the erosion futile. 2021 WE HAVE A ABOUT A FOOT HIGH TIDE THAT WE NORMALLY DON'T HAVE SO THAT IS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF WHY THE SAND HAS BEEN WASHED AWAY THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO 2030 Coincidentally, university of Hawaii researchers have been collecting data on the area for about a year. 1305 WE SEE THERE'S EROSION HERE NEAR KUHIO GROIN AND EROSION IN FRONT OF THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN BUT THERE'S BEEN BUILD UP OF SAND IN THE CENTER PORTION OF THE BEACH AND THERE'S BEEN BUILD UP OF SAND ON THIS SAND BAR LOCATED OFF SHORE 1320 Researcher Chip Fletcher says there may be ways to manage the problem at Kuhio Beach. 739 T HEAD GROIN IS A WALL THAT STICKS OUT PERPENDICULAR TO THE SHORELINE THEN HAS A T ON IT RUNS PARRALLEL TO THE SHORLINE A PORTION OF THE T YOU ANGLE IT SO FAR WEATHER WAVES ARE ALLOWED TO ACCESS THE BEACH YET. TAKE SAND OFF SHORE 810 Fletcher says erosion is not confined to Waikiki and it is not a short term problem. 1041 IT'S REALLY A PERFECT TIME FOR US TO AS A COMMUNITY TO THINK ABOUT WHERE DO WE WANT TO HAVE BEACHES FOR OUR GRANDCHILDR EN.. FUTURE1051 City officials have roped off the area on Kuhio Beach that's eroding. They are asking everyone to stay out of it since the concrete structures are safety hazards.