Sand pushing underway to ease erosion at Ala Moana Regional Park

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The city has begun tackling erosion issues at Ala Moana Regional Park.

On Monday, crews started relocating approximately 1,300 cubic yards of sand to cover up eroded areas.

Six inches of sand will be taken from both ends of the beach and placed in the middle — in the same area where volunteers helped remove rocks a few weeks ago.

“It’s kind of a pain stubbing your toe and always sitting on rocks,” said beachgoer Jace Howes. “I think it’s good that the beach is getting redone. It gives a chance for more families to come out, you know, and just chill out.”

The immediate area around the site of the sand pushing will be closed during the project.

“We’re going to try to do it phases so we don’t block off the entire beach,” said Michele Negota, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “We block off sections of it so we don’t impact the visitors as well as the residents.”

Officials say this is not a beach-widening project, which would require additional sand to be brought in. They are still researching ways to replenish the sand and widen the beach for the future.

The city is working with a consulting firm to find a suitable source of sand, which could potentially come from an area near the airport.

“It’s one of the challenges of doing beach nourishment in Hawaii is, despite all of our beautiful beaches, we don’t have a lot of sand available for this type of work,” said coastal geologist Andy Bohlander.

Work is expected to be completed by the beginning of next month.

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