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Owners have reaped record prices for Hawaii oceanfront property in peril of being sucked into the sea

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2020
                                To protect their properties, homeowners have skirted Hawaii’s environmental laws by winning emergency exemptions from the state to install large mounds of sandbags and drape heavy tarps along the state’s public beaches. “Sand burritos” armor the coastline at Laniakea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2020

    To protect their properties, homeowners have skirted Hawaii’s environmental laws by winning emergency exemptions from the state to install large mounds of sandbags and drape heavy tarps along the state’s public beaches. “Sand burritos” armor the coastline at Laniakea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2020
                                While the risk of maintaining property along the state’s shorelines has been evident for decades, state lawmakers passed a measure this year to make sure that prospective buyers are fully aware of those hazards. Water crashes onto fortifications called burritos near homes precariously perched above Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2020

    While the risk of maintaining property along the state’s shorelines has been evident for decades, state lawmakers passed a measure this year to make sure that prospective buyers are fully aware of those hazards. Water crashes onto fortifications called burritos near homes precariously perched above Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

Property owners selling homes, hotels, condos and businesses along Hawaii’s coastlines must disclose whether the properties are susceptible to damage from sea level rise under legislation that’s set to take effect in May. Read more

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