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State replacing sinking buoys at Ala Moana Beach Park

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:10 p.m. HST, Jul 09, 2014

State crews will replace the buoys in the lagoon of Ala Moana Beach Park that separate stand-up paddleboarders from swimmers.

Four years ago, the Department of Land and Natural Resources installed seven "spar buoys" between the shoreline and the reef to create a stand-up paddleboard corridor. Some of the buoys became saturated with water and began sinking, so the department will replace them with a more water-resistant bouy.

A small team of DLNR employees will be staging on the beach at Magic Island and using a jet ski during the operation over two days starting Thursday. The state originally said the replacement would begin Wednesday.

The state created the stand-up paddleboard corridor after complaints by swimmers about the rising popularity of paddleboarding in the area.

After the buoys were installed, the state said complaints dropped significantly.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
More quality State work - buoys that last 4 years.
on July 9,2014 | 11:21AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
buoys were probably made in china..lucky they lasted that long
on July 9,2014 | 04:38PM
Hotel wrote:
Sea Explorer Scouts make spar buoys the old fashioned way. Out of wood. The trick is to treat the wood with a Marine-grade saturation epoxy. The resin coats the cells in the wood turning the cells into "fiberglass cloth" and "micro balloons". Paint required for UV protection. WEST SYSTEM is used on nuke submarines to protect metal hulls. Works great on lanai decks that are painted. We used WEST on airplanes to "bullet-proof" aircraft-grade sitka spruce. WEST is now required for all new Boeing airplane manufacturing.
on July 9,2014 | 01:25PM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
And not a moment too soon!!!!!!!!
on July 9,2014 | 02:10PM
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