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Sunset Beach dune restoration could be a model for preserving Oahu’s coast

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(Star-Advertiser video by Nina Wu, nwu@staradvertiser.com)
City crews began clearing the remaining asphalt from the bike path that was damaged during last winter's erosion at Sunset Beach Park. The asphalt was cleared in preparation for a sand dune restoration project to begin on Monday.
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COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

City crews Wednesday began clearing the remaining asphalt from the bike path damaged during last winter’s erosion at Sunset Beach Park in preparation for a sand dune restoration project.

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COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

Longtime area resident Randy Rarick recalls that back in the 1960s, there were healthy sand dunes at Sunset Beach with naupaka, and pathways through the plants to Sunset Beach Park. The dunes were leveled for a bike path about 20 years ago, and erosion got worse, he said. Above, the remnants of the damaged asphalt bike path were removed Wednesday.