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Hawaii allocates $13M to keep Waikiki Beach from disappearing

  • Video by Allison Schaefers and photos by Kat Wade / aschaefers@staradvertiser.com

    The state allocated $13 million to repair Waikiki Beach, including the Royal Hawaiian groin as a result of erosion.

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Australian visitors Oliver Abbott, 7, his sister, Emma, 3, and cousins Lily, 10, and Eve Abbott, 6, played in the sand in Waikiki on Wednesday.

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Tasha Jahrmarkt, a surfer from Maui, carried her board from the water in Waikiki where some beach erosion is evident.

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Texas visitor Adrien Vaquera stood on the deteriorating Royal Hawaiian groin on Wednesday.

The economic impact to Hawaii of Waikiki Beach was recently estimated at $2.2 billion a year, but the crumbling Royal Hawaiian groin and other man-made structures are all that is keeping the state’s most visited beach from being swept away. Read more

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