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Afraid of sea level rise? Consider groundwater inundation

By Kioni Dudley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

~~<p>Last Saturday, the Star-Advertiser&rsquo;s lead headline was one word &mdash; &ldquo;Wow!&rdquo; &mdash; commenting on 700-foot high-rises that the Hawaii Community Development Authority is proposing for Kakaako. That headline should have been, &ldquo;Ouch!&rdquo;</p>
<p>Within the lifetimes of current young adults and children, rising seas will erode our beaches and flood low-lying streets and roads around the island. By the latter part of this century, projections have portions of Waikiki, Moiliili, Ala Moana and Kakaako standing in sea water at high tide. Key thoroughfares in urban Honolulu and around Oahu will be below sea level.</p>
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Last Saturday, the Star-Advertiser’s lead headline was one word — “Wow!” — commenting on 700-foot high-rises that the Hawaii Community Development Authority is proposing for Kakaako. That headline should have been, “Ouch!”

Within the lifetimes of current young adults and children, rising seas will erode our beaches and flood low-lying streets and roads around the island. By the latter part of this century, projections have portions of Waikiki, Moiliili, Ala Moana and Kakaako standing in sea water at high tide. Key thoroughfares in urban Honolulu and around Oahu will be below sea level. Login for more...



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