The erosion at Kūhiō Beach, made worse by summer’s king tides and elevated sea levels, is the worst it’s been in a decade, said Dolan Eversole, a scientist for the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program, who coordinates the Waikīkī Beach Special District Improvement Association.
The association, which is overseen by a 25-member advisory board, was created in May 2015 by city ordinance. Annual levies on Waikīkī business owners from Ala Wai Harbor to Kaimana Beach and mauka to the Ala Wai Canal return about $600,000 to the public-private partnership, which is focused on the long-term resilience and health of Waikīkī Beach.
An umbrella panel, the Waikīkī Beach Community Advisory Committee, recently held its inaugural meeting and is launching a community forum Tuesday 05 December 2017 to address the critical beach issues at Kūhiō Beach and other Waikīkī beaches. Set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Waikīkī Community Center, the meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed Waikīkī beach management strategies and offer new ideas.