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DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The row of subdivisions and homes between Camp Mokuleia Beach and the Hawaii Polo Club that are armored with seabags and “burrito revetments.” This 1.4 mile stretch of coastline in recent years has become completely inaccessible to the public. The only public shoreline access on Hoomana Place was walled off by a beachfront property owner and seawalls bookend that stretch of beach.
Hawaii’s Land Board cracks down on illegal seawalls

Members of Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources expressed growing concern Friday about the loss of Hawaii’s beaches to homeowners erecting illegal seawalls as they ordered several structures to be removed along beaches on Oahu and Molokai and fined the property owners. Read more

DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                This 1.4-mile stretch of coastline has become completely inaccessible to the public. Government officials have granted more than 230 environmental exemptions to owners of homes, hotels and condos, according to records compiled by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica. Those exemptions have allowed property owners to keep old seawalls in place, build new ones and install mounds of emergency sandbags along the beaches.
INTERACTIVE: Hawaii’s beaches are disappearing

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica have developed an interactive, web-based app that compiles 20 years of shoreline exemptions in a searchable map of properties that got permits to keep existing shoreline structures or build new ones. Read more

DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The coastal estate in Waimanalo that officials say is being built, in part, for the Obamas.
Obama and the beach house loopholes

Although Hawaii has laws meant to preserve disappearing shorelines, beachfront property owners have been able to bypass them. That’s what happened at an expansive coastal estate officials say the Obamas will live in. Read more


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