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Waikiki exposed walkway poses potential dangerUPDATED 10:38 PM HST Oct 16, 2013Video Transcript
Waikiki will be soon be closed to cover up a safety hazard. The hazard is new, but it comes from some very old structures which were recently exposed because of rapid erosion along the beach. KITV4's Paul Drewes has the latest developments. Visitors pose along the Waikiki shoreline, unaware these crumbly walls and concrete walkway were just recently exposed. But others are aware of the danger from the once buried structures. eric@5:15 "its a hazard here, people can trip over here and fall down, a safety hazard" Its also a hazard for beginning surfers nearby. Waikiki beachboys say no one has run into the wall in the water yet, but there have been some close calls. paul standup@8:55 "What caused all the sand to be swept away. experts say they'll need more time to figure that out, but some beach goers have their own theories" 5:58 "There is no high surf that causes this, just erosion as the sand is sucked away, the super high tides and the super low tides that's causing all this erosion here." Many feel the removal of nearby jetties allow sand to be swept down the shore.. After checking out the beach, Mayor Kirk Caldwell doesn't like what he sees. 4:20-4:28 "I think this wall that has been exposed acts as an incentive for greater erosion, you can see how the waves suck out more sand. We need to cover this up or the sand is going to continue to be removed." Tomorrow night an emergency sand replenishment operation will begin. City crews will take sand from other parts of the beach to once again cover this old walkway and walls. But that will just be a temporary fix. Mayor@2:50-3:02 "People are going to ask how long is it going to stay here, none of us know for certain. Mother nature, global warming, currents affect that. But we need to do something short term" Caldwell wants not only state and federal agencies to help protect this historic and important beach, but also area businesses to pitch in as well. He would also like more preventative efforts before beach erosion becomes such a big problem. 3:35-3:42 Erosion is nothing new, we continue to have it. We should have a program that is always on-going so we don't have a problem like this" In Waikiki, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. Kuhio beach will be closed between 10pm and midnight tomorrow, so crews can move the sand. If you are wondering why the work will be so late, its because that is when there will be a very low tide, which will allow crews to spread the sand further over the old walls.