Posted by: LZ | February 1, 2009

Kailua Beach Erosion in the News

I first started writing about the erosion problems at Kailua Beach back in November.  Today, an excellent article about the topic appeared on the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser.  Apparently, the erosion is so bad that some folks are finding coins in the sand from the 1920’s.  Lucky them.  Not so lucky us.

Chip Fletcher, a UH coastal geology professor says the annual erosion rate has been as high as eight feet per year.   Apparently, officials have taken a “wait and see” approach for the past couple of years.  I guess that approach turned out to be more like “wait and SEA!”. 

The Advertiser article cites the three main causes of beach erosion: manmade structures, waves and currents, and rising sea level.   The enormity of the problem at Kailua Beach has caught the attention of both the city and the state.   At this point, no one knows if anything can be done. Before long,  Kailua Beach Park may have to be renamed Kailua Park…

Looking toward Lanikai - taken in 2004

Looking toward Lanikai - taken in 2004

 

This photo looking toward Lanikai was taken in November 2008

This photo looking toward Lanikai was taken in November 2008

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