Beachgoers frustrated after temporary fence erected again without warning

Public access to Lanikuhonua Beach in Ko Olina was blocked, and this wasn’t the first time.

Photos sent to us by viewers show a barrier blocking access, which is supposed to be open to the public.

Last year, we told you about a wall blocking access in the same area.

“A lot of people have a certain area of the beach they like to go to, and for a fence there blocking and prohibiting it? It’s not cool at all. It’s not the lifestyle here. It shouldn’t be done,” said Ewa Beach resident Jason Watts.

We reached out to the Ko Olina Resort Association, which said it wasn’t aware of the problem.

Public beach access runs alongside the new Four Seasons resort, which has a planned opening date of May 27.

Sweetie Nelson with the Ko Olina Resort Association immediately called the developer.

“Our communication can never be 100 percent, but we are working on it for sure,” she said.

We learned a temporary fence was put up for safety reasons while The Resort Group installed landscaping near the shoreline. It was taken down Monday.

We’re told the developer did not put any signs warning the public about the current phase of construction, but when KHON2 arrived, we noticed signs were posted.

“The first thing we asked was, is there appropriate signage? And they said no, we’ll put it up immediately. I said, well that could have alleviated questions in the beginning,” said Nelson.

Nelson blames oversight for the blocked beach access. “It’s one of those things where you have a lot of folks on site, some things fall through the cracks,” she said.

She also says the confusion won’t happen again.

“We’ll make sure in the future, proper signage is posted to alleviate concerns with some of the temporary work they’re doing,” Nelson said.

The city’s Department of Planning and Permitting says it plans to investigate.

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