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Hawaii Beach Erosion

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access

The high-end resort wants a long-term easement allowing it to hold more weddings and other events that could take up more of the public beach.

Local Engineers Explore Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change Courtesy Waikiki Improvement Association

Local Engineers Explore Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change

Hawaii can learn from other coastal areas on the mainland when it comes to planning for the effects of sea-level rise.
Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Sand erosion already has exacted a huge toll and it's expected to accelerate. Scientists say it's time to take aggressive steps to save the island's remaining shoreline.
Samsung Billionaire Allowed to Build New Seawall in Kahala Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Samsung Billionaire Allowed to Build New Seawall in Kahala

Coastal experts have warned that the city's action could lead to greater beach erosion on Oahu.
Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed? Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Despite concerns over erosion, the city says it would have been a hardship for the Samsung chairman to not have a wall protecting his beachfront property.
Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

The city hopes to raise $600,000 annually from local businesses to combat chronic erosion, but some are balking at the proposal. Would the efforts merely stave off the inevitable?
Inch by Sandy Inch, Hawaii’s Loss of Beaches Worries Tourism Industry Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Inch by Sandy Inch, Hawaii’s Loss of Beaches Worries Tourism Industry

Recent reports cite concerns that elevated ocean levels, drought and hotter Hawaiian nights will hurt tourism and ultimately the state's economy.
Honolulu City Council: Make It Easier To Build Shoreline Retaining Walls

Honolulu City Council: Make It Easier To Build Shoreline Retaining Walls

But city planning officials say measure would erode environmental controls amid the rising threat from sea level rise.
What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature?

UPDATED Laws on renewable energy, schools, the elderly, invasive species, the environment and others are set to pass.

Hawaii Senate Panel Advances Bills Addressing North Shore Erosion

A key committee in the Hawaii Senate has given its stamp of approval to two bills aimed at mitigating…

Rising Sea Level Taking Toll on Maui’s Shoreline

From Maui Weekly: Maui’s coasts are eroding, and will continue to erode a lot more in…

June 2017

Wednesday, June 7

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access

May 2015

Monday, May 18

Honolulu Mayor Signs Two Bills Aimed at Restoring Waikiki Beach

Friday, May 8

Local Engineers Explore Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change

April 2015

Thursday, April 9

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Tuesday, April 7

Samsung Billionaire Allowed to Build New Seawall in Kahala

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Monday, March 9

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

September 2014

Wednesday, September 3

Inch by Sandy Inch, Hawaii’s Loss of Beaches Worries Tourism Industry

March 2014

Friday, March 21

Honolulu City Council: Make It Easier To Build Shoreline Retaining Walls

Monday, March 3

What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature?

February 2014

Wednesday, February 26

Hawaii Senate Panel Advances Bills Addressing North Shore Erosion

January 2014

Friday, January 31

Rising Sea Level Taking Toll on Maui’s Shoreline

Sunday, January 26

Bill Would Create a Park on North Shore to Address Erosion, Traffic Woes

Thursday, January 23

Rep. Cynthia Thielen: Saving Sand Dunes

Saturday, January 4

Honolulu Forgoes Federal Funds to Manage Coastal Development

Wednesday, January 1

Hawaii Monitor: It Is Time to Plan an Orderly Retreat From the Beach

December 2013

Tuesday, December 31

Washed Away: Huge North Shore Waves Reveal Hawaii’s Public Policy Gaps

Saturday, December 28

Sunset Beach Homes Falling Into Ocean, Public Warned to Stay Out of Water

October 2013

Saturday, October 19

‘Tidal Bulge’ Stopping Work on Kuhio Beach

Thursday, October 17

Waikiki Erosion Control To Temporarily Shut Down Kalakaua

City Pledges to Act as Erosion Threatens Waikiki, Hawaii’s Tourism Mecca

September 2013

Monday, September 9

Erosion Eating Away at Maui Beaches

June 2013

Friday, June 21

Waikiki’s Venetian Nightmare: Natural Disasters in Paradise?

May 2012

Monday, May 7

70 Percent of Hawaii’s Beaches Eroding

January 2012

Wednesday, January 18

Spending and Market-Based Tools to Address Sea-Level Rise in Hawaii

Hawaii Planning and Regulatory Tools To Adapt to Sea-Level Rise

Tuesday, January 17

How Hawaii Should Address Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

May 2011

Monday, May 9

Waikiki Beach Is Shrinking, But Hotel Tower Is Rising

Hawaii Beach Erosion