UPDATE: A sand replenishment project is underway at Kailua Beach Park on Monday.
The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to replenish sand in areas the park which have been affected by erosion.
The replenishment project will require the temporary closure of the boat ramp, boat ramp parking lot, and the parking area adjacent to the concession stand comfort station.
These areas will be closed all day through Friday, April 24. The area will be reopened for beachgoers by this weekend.
The sand for the project was dredged from the mouth of nearby Ka’elepulu stream. Work will be completed in-house with staff and equipment from the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Facilities Maintenance.
Jai Cunningham will be reporting live from Kailua boat ramp with the latest on the sand replenishment project.
Starting Monday, Kailua Beach Park will be closed so that the city can replenish sand in areas affected by erosion.
The closures will last through Friday, affecting the boat ramp, the boat ramp parking lot, and the parking area by the comfort station. Those areas are expected to reopen to the public this upcoming weekend.
On the boat ramp end of Kailua Beach Park Sunday, many loved the expansion of beach sand. “Usually, the water is all the way up to the rocks right over there,” explains Kaneohe resident Candace Cummings.
The section was part of a replenishment project last spring.
But on the other end of the beach, some said sand erosion is still a problem. “We live on the other side of the beach, and usually you can walk pretty far,” said Kailua resident Sara Chiu. “Right now, the beach is pretty gone.”
KHON2 asked beachgoers their thoughts on the city’s sand replenishment projects — should they continue, or is it time to “let nature take its course?”
“We spend a lot of money in all kinds of areas to protect our environment,” said Honolulu resident Butch Bland. “This is another example of that. I’d rather spend money here than, I don’t know, building new roads and parking lots.”
“Nature is going to take its course, no matter how much money you spend to bring sand back,” countered a Kaneohe resident who chose to remain anonymous “It’s going to do what it wants to do. It’s going to take it out again, guaranteed.”