A project forged through a private public partnership aims to restore the sand dune at a popular North Shore beach which experienced severe beach erosion last winter.
Sunset Beach Park is one of the North Shore’s most heavily used beaches. Impacts from large surf, foot erosion, and other environmental factors created a public safety concern in December 2017 after severe erosion undermined the asphalt bicycle path, threatened public facilities, and destabilized shoreline vegetation.
Immediately following those events portions of the bike path were removed or relocated, access to the impacted area was restricted, parking limitations were implemented, undermined trees were removed, and shoreline facilities such as the lifeguard tower were relocated.
Now a coalition of government, community members, businesses, and non-profit organizations has adopted a proposal for short-term mitigation of beach erosion to help reduce the risk of additional damage to the shoreline and minimize potential public safety hazards.
That six-part plan calls for: - Removal of the damaged portion of the bicycle path
- Sand pushing to rebuild the dune
- Planting native coastal plants on the rebuilt dune
- Designating beach access pathways to mitigate foot erosion
- Installing access features to protect the dune within those pathways
- Fencing and signage requesting usage of pathways and respect for the dune restoration
The project is a collaborative effort between numerous organizations, @honolulu_parks @mayorkirkhnl @northshorecommunitylandtrust @wsl @honoluluoceansafety To name a few.
While this project was made possible thanks to the coordination of many organizations, its success also depends on members of the public contributing to the preservation of the restored dune. This includes remaining out of designated restoration areas and using designated pathways. #sunset #north #climatechange #beacherosion #beach #sunsetbeach @resilientoahu