Posted by: LZ | January 11, 2009

Disappearing Kailua Beach Trees – Chop Chop!

Saturday 1/10/09:   A while back, I wrote a post about erosion at Kailua Beach.  In that post, I included a few photos of some trees with the roots partially exposed due to erosion.   When I went to the beach this morning, this is what I saw:

This is what's left of those trees with the roots exposed

This is what's left of those trees with the roots exposed

Close-up of the chopped trees

Close-up of the chopped trees

Here is a photo from my other post that shows the above trees still in place:

This photo was taken in November 2008
This photo was taken in November 2008

 

Despite the obvious problem with aesthetics, it’s a good thing those trees were cut down.  One good brisk windwardy wind and it’s TIMBER!!   When enough of the trees get cut down, maybe folks will start taking this Kailua Beach erosion problem more seriously.  I don’t know if anything can be done to help save the beach, but I know that awareness precedes action and this will definitely help increase awareness of  the problem. 

1/11/09 update:  A day after I wrote this post, this story appeared on the Honolulu Star Bulletin website.  I’m glad to see the Kailua Beach erosion problem is getting some attention!

But wait, there’s more!  Check out this photo I took today also:  

Will this tree be next on the chopping block?

Will this tree be next on the chopping block?

 

Another tree in the opposite direction had the same fate. Here is a picture of the tree with exposed roots taken in November 2008:

This photo looking toward Lanikai was taken in November 2008

This photo looking toward Lanikai was taken in November 2008

 

And here is the photo I took today:

This photo taken today shows what's left of the tree

This photo taken today shows what's left of the tree

 

At least the kids are enjoying this sea of stumps!

Kids playing among the clumps of stumps

Kids playing among the clumps of stumps

 

Let’s not forget what Kailua Beach used to look like just a few short years ago:

Looking toward Lanikai - taken in 2004

Looking toward Lanikai - taken in 2004

 

Looking the opposite direction in 2004 (those trees are stumps now)

Looking the opposite direction in 2004 (those trees are stumps now)

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Responses

  1. Is Lanikai bad again? They did this in 2000. http://archives.starbulletin.com/2000/03/23/news/story5.html

    • Unfortunately, both Lanikai and Kailua are having erosion problems now.

  2. […] Yet somehow, as if the beach gods beckoned my return, the perfect parking space revealed itself to me during a time of day I would normally be better off walking from my home while hauling beach towels, snacks, and my child on my back like a turtle carrying it’s house. At 10:30 in the morning, Kailua Beach had the perfect mix of shade and sun thanks to the remaining trees that have not yet succumbed to erosion. […]


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