Largest beach replenishment project in state history finished at Iroquois Point

 UPDATED 1:27 PM HST Aug 23, 2013
IROQUOIS POINT, Hawaii -

Since October 2012, several 35-ton cranes have been moving two ton rocks into place at Iroquois Point on Oahu's South Shore.

Combine that with some 85,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from Honolulu Harbor and you've got the largest beach replenishment project in state history, according to developer Hunt Companies.

How large? Four times larger than the recent beach replenishment project in Waikiki conducted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, all to combat decades of beach erosion that have eaten away at the shoreline.

Before & after picture of the beach

The arsenal, nine new "t-groins" built using 2,000 truckloads of the massive boulders.

Developers from Hunt Companies, which sold the rental community called The Waterfront at Puuloa in 2011, say 16 homes and dozens of coconut trees were lost as a result of the erosion.

But despite the sale of the rental community, the Texas-based developer kept its promise to bring back the beach with the $14 million project.

Now beachgoers can enjoy the pristine sands with the completion of the project in August.

"It's been incredible," said Samantha Smith, an Iroquois Point resident ."It went from a tiny beach that got washed up all of the time to this huge beach."

Smith told KITV that the new jetties have made an enormous difference to the beach and the quality of life.

"It makes living here like a resort," said Smith. "Before we used to not want to go down to the beach. But now it's not the same beach as it was before."

Although Puuloa is a private rental community, the beach is opened to the public as long as visitors check in at the security gate.

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