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City cuts down gate to open beach access to public in Portlock

  • VIDEO COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

    A new beach right of way in Portlock officially opened to the public on May 19 after city crews removed a privately owned gate.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
                                Workers cut down a privately-owned gate used to block access to the easement located near 379 Portlock Rd.

    COURTESY HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

    Workers cut down a privately-owned gate used to block access to the easement located near 379 Portlock Rd.

A new beach right of way on Portlock Road in Hawaii Kai was officially opened to the public today.

Video released by the city this morning shows employees cutting down a privately owned gate used to block access to the easement near 379 Portlock Road. Beach right of way signage was installed.

Following the adoption of a Honolulu City Council resolution in March 2019, the city filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court to acquire a pedestrian easement through eminent domain. A recent court ruling allows the city to take possession of the easement and allow the public to use it.

Public access through the corridor has been a source of concern to the public.

“The dismantling of the gate and the restoration of public access signifies a win for the community,” said Tommy Waters, chairman of the Honolulu City Council, in a statement. “It also allows, as is required by law, beach access for all Oahu residents and beach-goers. It is a great day when the rights of our community are upheld.”

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