A proposal for a long-term solution to the hotly-debated Laniakea Beach area. Sen. Clayton Hee says his idea would take $400,000 to kick start.
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"If the state doesn't do its job and move this highway there's not going to be a highway. The North Shore surf is going to take over the highway," said Hee.
His proposal is to create a wayside park in the area, and move the highway further inland. Residents have many of the same ideas, an outline created by Bill Quinlan shows a similar plan to what the senator is proposing. It's a plan where people would not have to cross the highway to get to Laniakea Beach.
"Making a wayside park may be the way forward to protect the coastline, turtles, public access to beach and move traffic for this area," said North Shore resident Gil Riviere.
"This movement has been decades-long. Money has been appropriated, money has lapsed because the DOT presumably had other priorities," said Hee.
For now, the DOT still has 45 concrete barriers up. The barriers were installed as a test to see if they would help traffic congestion in the area but, big wave surfers who are suing the state for putting the barriers up say the barriers are making the congestion and safety worse.
"The temporary date that they gave to see whether or not it's working has not been resolved, and we called to ask if they have an extraction date for the barriers and they still don't," said Reno Abellira.
A wayside park is proposed as a long-term solution instead of a band aid, a solution that Hee says can be completed in five years. But the park and rerouting the highway would involve land from Kamehameha Schools, the state, city and county, and a homeowner.
Hee will hold a meeting with Kamehameha Schools on Monday to discuss the proposal.