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King tide, south swell promise a wet wallop

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

A large wave washed over a 3-4 foot tall berm on the beach in front of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Hotel on Thursday as tourists tried to avoid getting wet and a hotel employee paused in his cleaning sand from the area. The berm was constructed in the hope of keeping the high waves from the king tide from washing into the hotel.

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Cole Nordquist of Waikiki Shore Beach Service on Thursday collected lounge chairs that were set up on the sand earlier on the beach in front of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Hotel. The rising king tide waters washed up to the chairs in the afternoon.

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Robert McConnell, general manager of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Hotel, middle, stood at a barrier at one of the stairways that lead from the beach to the Shorebird Restaurant and Beach Bar at the hotel. The hope is that the barrier will absorb the impact of the high waves.