Based on the input from an expert on ocean tides, the City and County of Honolulu is giving up its efforts to replace sand at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, at least for now.

That expert told city officials Friday that Honolulu is experiencing a “tidal bulge” that is resulting in higher than normal high tides, which causes more beach erosion than usual.

This week city crews tried to replace sand that exposed concrete and rebar at Kuhio Beach using heavy machinery that had to be transported in by temporarily closing Kalakaua Avenue.

But after learning about the bulge, officials have decided to wait until it subsides in a few weeks to continue that work.

The city will temporarily close Kalakaua again today (from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to remove its equipment.


Photo: A fence has been erected around an erosion site on Kuhio Beach. (Courtesy of City and County of Honolulu).

—Nick Grube